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.
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.