Andean poison frog

Those vibrant hues conceal potent venom in this nature’s delicate masterpiece

Mauricio Rivera Correa

An intriguing amphibian found in the Andes Mountains of South America. This frog species possesses distinct characteristics that make it stand out. One notable feature is its vibrant coloration, ranging from bright yellows and oranges to stunning shades of blue or black. These eye-catching colors warn potential predators that the Andean poison frog is highly toxic, making them one of the most poisonous animals on Earth. Even a small amount of their toxin can cause paralysis or even death to predators. Interestingly, these toxins are also utilized by local indigenous tribes for hunting purposes.

Despite their toxic nature, Andean poison frogs are not aggressive and prefer to avoid confrontations. They are known for their agility and excellent climbing abilities, allowing them to navigate the dense foliage of their forest habitat.


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Terrestrial / Aquatic

Altricial / Precocial

Polygamous / Monogamous

Dimorphic (size) / Monomorphic

Active: Diurnal / Nocturnal

Social behavior: Solitary / Pack / Herd

Diet: Carnivore / Herbivore / Omnivore / Piscivorous / Insectivore

Migratory: Yes / No

Domesticated: Yes / No

Dangerous: Yes / No