Golden Poison Frog (Phyllobates terribilis)

"The terrible tree climber"


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Logan Mara                                                                        
Organismal Biology - BIO 203                                     
Spring 2013
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The Golden Poison frog is arguably the most toxic and most interesting organisms on planet Earth. Its habitat is centrally located in a small area of the Colombian rainforests and for reasons to be explain it has been put on the list of endangered species.

Phyllobates terribilis is one frog species amongst the small genus of Phyllobates. Its classification would fall under the order anura and furthermore it falls under the large family of Dendrobatidea. The Golden Poison Frog has made several adaptations to fit within its ecological niche in a small region of Colombian rainforests. These adaptations largely include the toxins that the frog secretes to make sure of its survival in the wild. The "terrible" frog is also a carnivore that feeds on small insects. The frog can't secrete these toxins on its own so the diet of the frog is what leads it to be as potent as it is. There is only one known predator that interacts with the Golden Poison Frog because the predator has the ability to resist some of the toxin secreted by the frog. The reproduction of the frog is similar to that of any other frog in that they reproduce sexually and lay their eggs in water. To learn some interesting facts about Phyllobates terribilis you can view the facts page. To learn more about me click here!

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