Have you ever wondered what is a dart frog? Or maybe you have seen them in the wild but wondered what type they are? These little frogs have many characteristics of a true Frog, yet are actually quite different in their external appearance. One thing is for sure though, these creatures are nocturnal and are generally seen lurking in and around water during the daylight hours. The most distinguishing feature they share with their fellow Frogs is their tendency to jump long distances while squirting with a jet of water each time a prey approaches close.
As their name suggests, poison dart frog fangs can release poisons from its highly toxic skin and potentially fatal jellies. Generally they are generally colorized orange with a red stomach but can also be found in bright blue, pink, yellow or green. They can grow up to three inches in length and are generally no larger than one quarter of an inch across. Most dart frog species are constrictive species that prefer to live in bodies of standing water, which is the reason they typically occur in lakes, rivers and streams. Blue poison-dart Frogs are most active at night and are often found hiding among logs and rocks along the river bottom, while other species are more active during the daytime.
Because these are such a great predator, it is important to recognize that dart frog species exist in the United States and their basic diet as well. The most common are the Stream Dart Frog, which is commonly known as the Blue morph because of its bluish-greenish color. It is commonly found in wooded areas, creeks and other body of water, although it is also found in other places like manholes and even roadsides. The Stream Dart Frog is not a bothersome insect and will usually only bite if it feels threatened, although other species may also cause some irritation when they feed.
There are several different species of poison frogs, but they all share the same enemies – primarily venomous snakes called venomous snakes, which are more common in the southeastern part of the country. There are several species of these snakes, but two of the most common are the Black Rat Snake and the Black Rat Cobra. These two snakes share some of the same general characteristics, including having a head which has a long body and a thick, ropy neck.
The most common name for these frogs is “dendrobates tinctorius,” which roughly translates to “tailed frogs common name.” Another common name for these colorful amphibians is “woodsnakes” since they have a distinctly unpleasant odor from their anal glands, which they use to excrete both poisons and new born eggs. Both the adults and the newly born young are covered with a thin scale-like armor that protects them from predators, but it varies from species to species. Their coloration can vary from bright orange to grey, and their legs and tail can appear red, black, or brown.
Some members of this family have a rather unappealing appearance, including the coral dart frog. This species, which has a grayish-white body and grayish-black lines on its grayish-white skin, was recently discovered in Brazil’s Acai rainforest. Although it is not considered poisonous, it is not very appetizing, and its bite can cause some local infections. Only three of the seven species of dart frog are known to bite, but they do not always result in death.