Common Name: Painted Ant-nest Frog, Sapito Listado
Scientific Name: Lithodytes lineatus
Location: Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Peru, Suriname, and Venezuela
Size: Female: 2 inches or 55 mm, Male: 1.8 inches or 47 mm
The Painted Ant-nest Frog makes it’s nest in the leaf cutting ants nest. Usually, leaf cutting ants will attack any species that comes close to it but it doesn’t attack the Painted Ant-nest frog. This is because the Painted Ant-nest frog has special chemicals in its skin that mimic the chemicals of the leaf cutting ants. So the ants are tricked into thinking its own of them.
The bright colors on its skin shows off that it is toxic! Scientists originally thought that they were just mimicking the colors of Poison Dart Frogs but they actually are just poisonous.