Dyeing poison dart frogs are considered one of the most toxic, or poisonous, animals on Earth. The are recognized by their distinctive colors, and different colors are presented in different “morphs” of the animal. The “azureus” morph has bright blue skin that is nice to look at, but the color also serves as a warning; alkaloids in the skin carry a potent toxin that can paralyze or kill potential predators. It’s speculated that poison dart frogs develop their toxicity from eating insects that have consumed different poisons from the plants they eat. When dyeing poison dart frogs are bred in captivity and fed a varied diet, their skin does not emit the same toxins that they would in the wild.

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Location: Temporarily off exhibit

Arrived at EPZ: 04/22/1999