The ‘Original’ Poison Dart Frog

Phyllobates terribilis the Golden Poison Frog is the frog that gives the family its common name ‘Poison Dart Frog’ due to it being one of only three frogs whose skin toxins are actually used to coat blow pipe darts with by the Columbian Indians of the Embera Choco region. Indians need only rub the tip of the dart across the frog's back and then dart is good for around two years. They take great care with the frogs as handling them could easily prove fatal.In the wild it is estimated that an adult terribilis will contain around one milligram of poison, enough to kill between ten to twenty humans. read more...

Where do frogs get their ‘poison’?

The long held belief that ants were the primary source of the defensive skin alkaloids in frogs has recently been found to be wrong. It now appears that mites and not ants are the primary source of these skin toxins. These skin secretions are so toxic that they are used to poison the tips of hunting blow pipe darts and dart frogs are one of several groups of animals capable of sequestering deadly compounds from dietary sources without being harmed. read more...


dendroWorks is helping support amphibian conservation, primarily focused on frogs, through providing financial assistance with funding projects here in the UK and in Central and South America. 

We also provide dartfrogs for sale through our captive breeding programme which guarantees any frog bought from us has been bred by us and now 20% of all our sales are donated to conservation projects which are aimed at protecting or enhancing frog species or habitats.

davidb" Amphibians are facing a global crisis that without our
help could mean extinction for many species. It’s great
to see dendroWorks supporting conservation projects
such as pond creation and habitat enhancement
focused on frogs both here in the UK and in Central
and South America. "

Professor David Bellamy
OBE. BSc., PhD., Hon:- FLS,. FIBiol., DSc., DUniv., FIBiol., FCIWEM Hon


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