Kokoe Poison Dart Frog

Kokoe Poison Dart Frog

Scientific Name – Phyllobates aurotaenia

Classification – Dendrobatidae

Baby Name – Tadpole, polliwog, froglet

Collective Noun – Army, colony

Average Length – Around 3.2 cm (1.3 in)

Average Weight – Around 3 g

Life Expectancy – 8 to 15 or more years

Breeding Season – Not known

Incubation Period– Around 2 weeks

Special Features –One of the world’s most poisonous frogs; it store poisons in glands located in its skin; color ranges from black outer surface with two yellow or green stripes; legs are black or dark brown with numerous white dots; black underside with blue or green dots

Family Unit – Males protect the eggs and transports them to water-filled tree holes; also guard the tadpoles from predators and hydrate them with water from its own bladder

Geographical Distribution – Central and South America

World Population – Decreasing

Conservation Status – Near Threatened

Natural Habitat – Humid lowland and submontane forests, primary and secondary forest

Diet – Insects such as ants and termites, spiders

Predators – A fire-bellied snake (Leimadophis epinephelus)