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BLUE POISON DART FROG

Scientific Name: Dendrobates azureus
Order
Anura (frogs & toads)

Family
Dendrobatidae (poison dart frogs)

Habitat & Range
The blue poison dart frog lives in the forests located in southern Suriname and northern to central Brazil, South America.

Identification
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Arrived at EPZ: 04/22/1999
 
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Their beautiful bright blue color is nice to look at, but it also serves as a warning; alkaloids in their skin carry a potent toxin that can paralyze or kill potential predators.

Diet
The blue poison dart frog is an insectivore, meaning it primarily eats insects.

Reproduction & Lifespan
Females lay 5 to 10 eggs at a time and place them in the male’s territory. The male cares for the eggs until they hatch and will carry the tadpoles to a water source. They live 4 to 6 years in the wild, 10 to 15 years in captivity.

Fantastic Fact
They Are What They Eat
It’s speculated that blue poison dart frogs develop their toxicity from eating insects that have consumed different poisons from the plants they eat. When blue poison dart frogs are bred in captivity and fed a varied diet, their skin does not become poisonous.
 
 
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