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Saturday, May 26, 2012

Title: BLUE
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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 FAST FACTS
Type: Amphibian 
Diet: Carnivore 
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.
 Size relative to a paper

Illustration: poison dart frog compared with paper clip