Photographer: Dennis Stewart
General Information: Nat Geo
Subject: Poison Dart Frog
ABOUT: Poison dart frogs, members of the Dendrobatidae family, wear some of the most brilliant and beautiful colors on Earth. Depending on individual habitats, which extend from the tropical forests of Costa Rica to Brazil, their coloring can be yellow, gold, copper, red, green, blue, or black. Their elaborate designs and hues are deliberately ostentatious to ward off potential predators, a tactic called aposematic coloration
Poison dart frogs, like this sapphire-blue species, are highly toxic. Their brilliant colors serve as warnings to potential predators to keep away.
Equipment: Nikon D100 Camera w/Nikkor AF-S 105mm lens
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Average life span in the wild: 3 to 15 years
Size: 1 in (2.5 cm)
Group name: Army
Protection status: Threatened
Did you know? The only natural predator of most of the poison dart frog family is a snake called Leimadophis epinephelus, which has developed a resistance to the frogs' poison.
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