The golden poison dart frog is considered one of the most toxic animals on Earth. A single specimen measuring two inches (five centimetres) has enough poison to kill ten grown men. Indigenous Emberá people of Colombia have used this substance for centuries to tip their blowgun darts when hunting, hence the species' name.
Their colouring, which can be yellow, orange, or pale green, depending on their particular range, is deliberately ostentatious to ward off potential predators, a tactic called aposematic colouration. Their diet includes flies, crickets, ants, termites, and beetles.
Average life span in the wild: 10 years
Size: 1 in (2.5 cm)
Weight: Less than 1 oz
Group name: Army
Did you know? The only natural predator of the golden poison dart frog is Leimadophis epinephelus, a snake that has developed a resistance to the frog's poison.
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