For some, they think it’s only a rumor that frogs can be deadly. Think again, a single golden poison frog has enough poison that can kill up to 10 to 20 adult human beings.
Frogs are amphibians which means they can survive on land and water. They belong to the taxonomic category Anura (meaning without tail, derived from Greek an, without and oura, tail) which has three suborders namely Archaeobatrachia, Mesobatrachia and Neobatrachia. Furthermore, frogs can be classified under two categories – poisonous frogs and non-poisonous frogs.
Poison frogs are absolutely NOT suitable as pets at home especially for beginners. Despite the fact that poisonous frogs lose their toxicity in captivity, caring for them is very complicated and of course there’s the risk of getting poisoned.
Given below are a few characteristics of poisonous frogs:
• Poisonous frogs are small in size and come in bright colors as a warning sign to their predators. Their skin is brightly colored (as defense mechanism), so that their predators can recognize them from a distance and hence avoid hunting them.
• They are found in warm and humid areas, mostly in creeks between the rocks.
• The skin of these frogs produces some toxins, which can be deadly, in order to hunt their prey.
• The diet of these frogs consists of small insects like crickets, meadow planktons, and fruit flies, etc.
One of the most poisonous frogs is the poison dart frog. There are many types of poison dart frogs, also known as poison arrow frogs. These frogs are highly venomous and their poison can be lethal to human. Poison dart frogs come in flashy colors and are dangerously toxic. They hunt for their prey by spraying their venom like darts. This instantly kills the target.