Golden Poison Dart Frog

Golden Poison Dart Frog

Scientific Name – Phyllobates terribilis

Classification – Dendrobatidae

Baby Name – Tadpole, polliwog, froglet

Collective Noun – Army, colony

Average Length – 5.5 cm

Average Weight – Less than 1 oz

Life Expectancy – More than 10 years in captivity

Breeding Season – Rainy season

Incubation Period – 11 to 12 days

Metamorphosis Period – Around 2 months

Special Features –Have adhesive disks on its toes which help in climbing; possess a distinctive bone plate in the lower jaw; occurs in three varieties of color morphs; communicate among themselves with calls as well as gestures

Family Unit – Sociable as it lives in groups of up to six members; very much involved in parental care as the tadpoles after hatching stick to the mucus on the back of its parents while the male carries the tadpoles to water-filled locations

Geographical Distribution – Columbia’s pacific coast

World Population – Decreasing

Conservation Status – Endangered

Natural Habitat – Tropical rainforest

Diet – Insects such as ants, termites, beetles

Predators – Snake