The Most Poisonous Animal on Earth

Not everything beautiful is harmless.

The fairy tale goes that a pretty young woman kisses a frog and he turns into a handsome prince. The two live happily ever after. If one were to kiss one of the following frogs they might not live to tell of it.

“Most frogs produce skin toxins, but the dart poison frogs from Central and South America are the most potent of all. The golden poison frog, called terribilis (the terrible), is so toxic that even touching it can be dangerous. A single terribilis contains enough poison to kill 20,000 mice or 10 people. It is probably the most poisonous animal on earth.” This quote is from the American Museum of Natural History. For more information on this frog check here.

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There are over 300 species of poison dart frogs and they come in a large array of beautiful colors. It is their brilliant colors that enable them to travel the rain forests with out fear as they hunt for food.

They Visit the U.S. and Become Non-toxic

Many have been captured and brought to the states to be viewed at zoos and aquariums, and depicted in this video:

It is also in the hopes of capturing different species of frogs, and protecting them that if they become endangered, we would then be able to reenter the frog into the wild and preserve their species.

They Supply Poison for Hunters

Note that the blue poison dart frog (Dendrobates azureus) is a poor swimmer because his toes lack the webbing found in other frog’s feet. You will find him hiding among debris and boulders near the streams of Columbia and South America. He is one of the three poison dart frogs which supply poison used by Indians for the tips of blowgun darts. The Indians capture a number of them and will place them near the fire until the heat causes a slime to be produced on their skin. They scrape the toxic slime off and dip their darts into it to create poison tipped darts that they then use to hunt and kill for food.

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48 Responses to “The Most Poisonous Animal on Earth”
  1. louie jerome Says...

    On August 10, 2008 at 2:14 am

    Very interesting, Judy. I enjoyed this.

  2. Glynis Smy Says...

    On August 10, 2008 at 2:23 am

    My son works with these every day, he is a herpetologist/zoologist. He is now emigrating to Canada and is taking his speciality to Vancouver Aqariuim. I refused to have the most poisonous one in my home when he lived with us. They are very beautiful, he is at Manchester Museum Vivarium in Manchester Uk, they have some unusual ones there. I enjoyed this article and will point him in this direction.

  3. IcyCucky Says...

    On August 10, 2008 at 4:38 am

    A very informative, and fascinating article..Those frogs look mighty colorful, I enjoy it!

  4. Judy Sheldon Says...

    On August 10, 2008 at 8:19 am

    Louie, Glynis, and Icy, my youngest son found a yellow frog in our backyard and it made me curious. I wouldn’t allow him to handle it, and now I realize it probably would not have been poison, so my concern was for nothing. He was a very pretty little guy.

    Glynis, your son could probably provide us with some fascinating information regarding this species.

    Thanks guys for your support and take care.

  5. valli Says...

    On August 10, 2008 at 9:08 am

    Fascinating article, Judy. I was shocked to know that these colorful frogs are poisonous.

  6. No Frogs Here... Says...

    On August 10, 2008 at 9:34 am

    uh… did no one watch the second video? it has nothing to do with frogs.

  7. Anne Lyken-Garner Says...

    On August 10, 2008 at 10:48 am

    I love that orange one. About a decade ago my husband and I went into the Amazon rain forest on a tour and we saw some of those. They’re very pretty to look at.

  8. Judy Sheldon Says...

    On August 10, 2008 at 11:59 am

    Valli, No Frogs Here, and Anne, thank you for your support.

    No Frog Here.., I followed my link back to the video, and have found several videos provided on amphibians from the National Geographic. Perhaps the link is at fault. Try here and I apologize for the inconvenience.

  9. peter Says...

    On August 10, 2008 at 4:30 pm

    Very well done, but somewhat incorrect in that this frog is only the second-most poisonous animal on Earth. The No. 1 placeholder poisons its own and all other environments, kills all other animals and one another without reason, becomes highly agitated at trivial political and cultural matters but ignores the pain, sickness and death of millions of its own family members, offspring and others of its kind. It seems friendly, but will kill you in a heartbeat if you get in its way and delay it a second. I think this is not only the most poisonous but the animal most in need of a type of cleansing from the planet.

  10. Judy Sheldon Says...

    On August 10, 2008 at 4:45 pm

    Peter, thank you for reading, and I think I know where you are coming from. Humans, while not animals, can be extremely destructive and barbaric. Just last week end a young man that grew up down the street from us killed the mother of his two children and then turned a gun on the police and lost his own life.

    Take care and God bless.

  11. Ruby Hawk Says...

    On August 10, 2008 at 9:36 pm

    I hope frogs are making a come-back. I read awhile back that frogs are disapearing at a rapid rate.We are poisoning ourselves, our animals, and our planet. Shame on us.

  12. Judy Sheldon Says...

    On August 10, 2008 at 10:01 pm

    Ruby, you are right. We are careless with our earth.

  13. CHAN LEE PENG Says...

    On August 11, 2008 at 12:48 am

    This article sure to hit!!!Good luck and take care!

  14. mcclever Says...

    On August 11, 2008 at 1:21 pm

    I recently came accross your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I dont know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. If your want travel to thailand pls visit my’s blog.

  15. Judy Sheldon Says...

    On August 11, 2008 at 6:40 pm

    McClever thank you for your support. I will be glad to look you up. Thanks again.

  16. Judy Sheldon Says...

    On August 11, 2008 at 6:44 pm

    Chan, thank your for reading and encouraging.

    Take care & God bless.

  17. Katrina Swanson Says...

    On August 12, 2008 at 12:01 am

    Has anybody ever researched the Mongolian Death Worm to any scientific satasfaction? I know it seems to be the stuff of legend, but I suspect there must be something to it like the mountain gorilla. :)

  18. quiet voice Says...

    On August 12, 2008 at 1:08 pm

    …Hi Judy, What great research and
    a very well done article. Excellent
    work. Take care.

  19. Alexa Gates Says...

    On August 12, 2008 at 3:54 pm

    very interesting :)

  20. Judy Sheldon Says...

    On August 12, 2008 at 8:23 pm

    Quiet Voice and Alexa, thank you for your support.

    Take care & God bless.

  21. Lauren Axelrod Says...

    On August 12, 2008 at 9:04 pm

    Interesting article. I still like the second video even though it had nothing to do with frogs.

    People are so quick to judge.

  22. Judy Sheldon Says...

    On August 12, 2008 at 9:44 pm

    Lauren, thanks for reading. It was about frogs when I entered the link in the article. Here is the link, and again I apologize.

    Thanks and take care.

  23. Mary Contrary Says...

    On August 13, 2008 at 1:04 pm

    Great article!

  24. thestickman Says...

    On August 13, 2008 at 6:12 pm

    Interesting. Beautiful creatures these.

  25. nobert soloria bermosa Says...

    On August 13, 2008 at 8:10 pm

    very interesting article,thanks Judy and congrats

  26. Judy Sheldon Says...

    On August 13, 2008 at 8:30 pm

    Katrina, Mary, thestickman and Nobert, thank you for reading and commenting. They are beautiful aren’t they?

    Katrina, I am curious about that also. I may look into it, even someone else doesn’t beat me to the punch. lol

  27. Karen N Says...

    On August 14, 2008 at 8:14 am

    Great article, Some of those frogs are simply gorgeous.

  28. Judy Sheldon Says...

    On August 14, 2008 at 7:40 pm

    Karen N, thanks, aren’t they?

  29. david beckham Says...

    On September 23, 2008 at 12:48 pm

    i like frogs
    can u have 1 as a pet?

  30. Judy Sheldon Says...

    On September 23, 2008 at 9:36 pm

    David, Lots of people have, but you have to make sure they are enclosed on all sides or they may escape.

    Thanks for reading.

  31. Kayne Boyern Says...

    On January 27, 2009 at 10:16 am

    that is so freaking cool!!! can they really kill you… instantly? i like the blue ones they are hot. lol

  32. Judy Sheldon Says...

    On January 27, 2009 at 6:14 pm

    Kayne, if you are in the U.S. they are non poisonous. They get their poisons from the vegetation they digest. Thanks for reading and G♥d bless.

  33. Ashlyn McKenzie Says...

    On February 3, 2009 at 10:08 am

    Can you really have one as a pet? cooleo. i llike da blue ones too! Are they still know as the most “poisonous creature on earth? ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ are they sold in any local stores? i want da blue one! :]

  34. Camron Heart Says...

    On February 3, 2009 at 10:19 am

    yeah i like what Ashlyn is sayin, can i find a Orange frog in a local store… like Pet Co.? (where the pets go) i think they are tight dawg! i really want to know where i can find this exotic creature! GO ORANGE!!!

  35. Judy Sheldon Says...

    On February 3, 2009 at 4:52 pm

    Ashlyn and Camron, thanks so much for your support. Actually you can breed them as pets, carefully, because if you don’t keep an eye on them, they may escape. lol If you own them in the states they are not poisonous.

    Take care & G♥d bless!

  36. ahl Says...

    On February 7, 2009 at 12:01 pm

    looks are really intimidating :D

  37. Deshpande S Says...

    On March 27, 2009 at 5:04 am

    A great information about the frogs ! Well done.

  38. Judy Sheldon Says...

    On March 28, 2009 at 9:26 pm

    Ahl & Despande, thanks for reading and leaving your feedback. It is truly appreciated.

  39. jacqueline herrera Says...

    On April 28, 2009 at 12:11 pm

    wowww lol it so weird and kool i not even it culd kill anything?!=]

  40. razumtina Says...

    On October 22, 2009 at 7:02 pm

    Very interesting!

  41. dunk whitman Says...

    On February 3, 2010 at 9:37 am

    they are not the most poisonious creature on earth!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  42. Judy Sheldon Says...

    On February 4, 2010 at 12:09 am

    Dunk, what is?

  43. Paddy Says...

    On May 4, 2010 at 6:33 pm

    The Box Jellyfish is the most poisonous animal on earth (has the most potent venom)

  44. Pudge Says...

    On June 1, 2010 at 12:42 am

    no way! only 2 micrograms of the frog’s venom can kill a human! The box jellyfish appears to be more lethal because of the recorded deaths! But just throw some vinegar on the jellyfish sting and you’ll survive…I mean sure it’s easier said than done because the odds of actually making it to shore are slim but hey it can be done!

  45. Judy Sheldon Says...

    On June 1, 2010 at 10:45 pm

    Pudge, you are more daring than I. I can just picture me swimming along with a stash of vinegar on my person – not. :-)

    Thanks for reading.

  46. vikas kuimar vimal Says...

    On October 2, 2010 at 5:41 am

    oh, my god a poisinous animal in the coat of an inocent , colourfull creature.

  47. vikas kumar vimal Says...

    On October 2, 2010 at 5:44 am

    after watching this iwill never go inside water or in woods .

  48. Judy Sheldon Says...

    On October 2, 2010 at 9:11 am

    Vikas Kumar Vimal, depending on where you find the frog, it may or may not be dangerous as it eats certain vegetation in its natural habitat which causes it to deadly for those who touch it.

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