A genus home to the deadliest species of poison dart frogs, the Golden poison frog

They are some of the most famous amphibians on the planet. The members of this genus are widespread in many areas of Central and South America, from Nicaragua to Colombia. Like many amphibians, poison dart frogs are insectivores feeding on ants and other small insects found in their native tropical rainforests.

Indigenous people, such as the Chocó people of Colombia, have used dart frogs’ poison for centuries to coat their blow darts before hunting. In general, poison dart frogs aren’t dangerous to us humans. Some may be lethal, though, in very unfortunate situations, to the touch. On the other hand, many members of this genus are a reason for concern from a conservation point of view.