Little Known Dart Frog Facts

When it comes to dart frogs, there’s more than meets the eye! Learn more about these small, fascinating amphibians.

Published April 11, 2017

  1. Dart frogs have a unique croak! Most frogs have sophisticated vocal systems to express distress, mating behaviors and define their territories.
  2. While dart frogs are carnivorous as adults, feeding on insects, as tadpoles they are omnivorous! Tadpoles eat anything from algae to insect larvae and even other tadpoles.dart-frog
  3. Poison frogs are commonly referred to as dart frogs because indigenous peoples rubbed the tips of their arrows and darts on the backs of frogs prior to hunting.
  4. The normal life span for these animals in zoos and aquariums is about 10-15 years. Here at the Aquarium, we’ve had frogs live to be at least 23 years old!dart-frog
  5. While dart frogs are poisonous to predators who ingest them, researchers are investigating possible medical uses for the toxin. Doctors hope to learn more about the proteins in the frog’s secretions and the benefits said proteins could provide for pain management and other applications.

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