Poison Dart Frogs: Drop Dead Gorgeous

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Living jewels of dazzling beauty inhabit the rainforests of Central and South America. But these poison dart frogs didn’t earn their nickname because of the beauty. This amazing creation has a sinister reputation, but is it deserved?

The family of poison dart frogs (Dendrobatidae) boasts over 245 species, displaying an astonishing array of colors and potency. The brilliant colors and patterns range from strawberry red, canary yellow, and sunny orange to metallic green and black with yellow polka-dots. When eaten, some merely taste bitter or irritate the predator’s mouth with burning or numbness; a few, however, are truly deadly, even to humans.

Despite their deadliness, these dazzling creations hold the promise of benefitting all our lives. How can this be, you ask?

Golden and Terrible

Consider the golden poison dart frog. It is, in a word, gorgeous. Though no more than 2 inches (55 mm) long, this magnificent frog stands out like no other in the dim forests of Columbia, South America.

Yet another word is equally appropriate: deadly. The golden poison dart frog, also known as the terrible dart frog, exudes one of the deadliest toxins known to man. The equivalent of just two grains of table salt (less than 1 milligram), flowing in a person’s bloodstream, can cause death in mere minutes. In fact, animals can die just by touching a spot where a golden dart frog has recently been.

Few other creatures can match the toxins of this beautiful killer.

[Read the rest of the article at Answers in Genesis.]