Why are poison dart frogs so colorful?


Poison Dart Frog:

  • Poison Dart frog got its name of dart frog by the use of some species of poison frog by Native Americans to use poison from this frogs on the tip of their blowdarts.
  • Poison Dart Frogs belong to the kingdom Animalia and phylum Chordata.
  • They come under the class Amphibia and order Anura.
  • Poison dart frog are found to be native of tropical Central and South America.
  • The average size of poison dart frog varies according to its species, the majority of the species has its size less than or equal to 1.5 cm in length. Whereas other few species have found to be the size ranging up to 6 cm in length.
  • Many species of poison dart frog are considered as endangered due to human activities destroying their habitat.
  • Poison dart frogs are known to survive by eating many small insects such as termites, ants, fruit flies, young beetle, etc.

Why are poison dart frogs so colourful?

  • Poison dart frog are said to be aposematic organism. Aposematism is the ability of animal to signalize predators that it is not worth eating sometimes also proving to be a way to scape a predator.
  • Poison dart frogs colour has the direct relation with toxicity.
  • Brighter the colour, higher the amount of toxicity in that frog.
  • These colours then help the predators to be warned off before eating it.
  • It is estimated that poison dart frog get its toxicity amount from the type of prey it eats.

Fun Facts:

  1. As poison dart frog gets its poison through its diet, the poison dart frog present in the zoo are not toxic because they have a controlled diet.
  2. Did you know, a group of poison dart frog is given the term “army”.
  3. Some species of poison dart frog has great medicinal advantages for humankind.

Related Questions:

  1. What is meant by predator?
  2. Who all are the predator of poison dart frog?
  3. What is the characteristic features of poison dart frog?

True or False:

  1. Poison dart frog belong to kingdom plantae.
  2. Poison dart frog are known to eat flowers.
  3. Poison dart frog has a very dull colour.
  4. Poison dart frog are not toxic.
  5. Poison dart frog are found in abundancy.

Objective Quiz:

  1. Poison dart frog belongs to the class _____.
    1. Animalia.
    2. Chordata.
    3. Amphibia.
    4. None of the above.
  2. Poison dart frog belongs to the kingdom ______.
    1. Animalia.
    2. Plantae.
    3. Both 1) and 2).
    4. None of the above.
  3. Poison dart frog are known to be ______.
    1. Colourful.
    2. Colourless.
    3. Black.
    4. None of the above.
  4. Poison dart frog can survive by eating ________.
    1. Small insects.
    2. Ants.
    3. Beetles.
    4. All of the above.
  5. Poison dart frog are known to get their poison through _______.
    1. Their habits.
    2. Their habitat.
    3. Their diet.
    4. Their parents.

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