Monday, February 14, 2005

More Frogs In Paint

Spot isn't the only frog to dabble in paint. This is the Splash-back Poison Frog, named for its sloppy application of color. Since my confession of knowing little about poison dart frogs, beyond their job description, I've been doing some light research. I can now report that most poison frogs become toxic thanks to a diet of ants and savory anthropods, or by tweaking mild poisons they swallow into something more potent.

Of the frogs described at this site, my favorite is the Brazil-nut poison frog. They earn the name because they raise their tadpoles in the hollow shells of Brazil-nuts. The sort of thing you might find in The Wind in the Willows, if it took place in South America.

(photo © Taran Grant/AMNH)