Frog of the Week

Strawberry Poison Dart Frog (Oophaga pumilio)

photo by Marshal Hedin

Common Name: Strawberry Poison Dart Frog
Scientific Name: Oophaga pumilio
Family: Dendrobatidae
Location: Costa Rica, Nicaragua, and Panama
Size: 1 inch

The Strawberry Poison Dart Frog is a colorful frog found in Central America. Because of its beautiful colors, the frog is often found in the pet trade. The bright colors of their skin is a sign to predators that they are toxic and should not be eaten. The Strawberry Poison Dart Frog accumulates its poison from its natural diet, so captive bred individuals are not poisonous.

Female Strawberry Poison Dart Frogs prefer to mate with brighter colored males. Both males and female Strawberry Poison Dart Frogs perform parental care. Males protect the egg clutches and keep them moist while the females carry the tadpoles after they hatch from the ground to water filled axils of bromeliads. The females also lay unfertilized eggs for the tadpoles to eat.


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