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Learn five cool facts about poison dart frogs from reptile and amphibian expert Jungle Bob in this Howcast video.

The jewels of the Central and South America rain forest certainly are the Poison Dart or Poison Arrow frogs. These frogs are beautifully colored, as you can see. They get their name, of course, from the natives that inhabit these areas use them in hunting.

What they do is catch an adult frog they would rub the tip of the arrow or the tip of the poison dart they are using on the frogs back. They have to agitate the frog a little bit in order to get the frog to secrete the toxic poisons that naturally come out of their skin.

That poison would then be dried onto the arrow or the dart and they use that to catch things way high in the canopy where without these frogs assisting them they would never be able to get their food. It’s very difficult for anybody that lives in the rain forest to catch something. The trees are 80 to 100 feet high. So, the poison dart frogs are animals that mankind uses almost as a tool to live in a very inhospitable area.

They get the poison, however it’s not a natural thing that comes out of their back. We’ve learned over the years that the frogs acquire this poison through a series of events. A small ant would eat the root of a plant, that ant would get eaten by another insect, and the frog would eat that insect and the toxins are passed on, possibly from the plant itself all the way through into the frogs body and therefore out of it’s skin. That’s how they make that poison.

There’s probably 100 different Poison Dart, Poison Arrow frogs out there, but only very few of them are that toxic to humans. One in particular comes from Columbia is called the terribilis frog. It’s poison is so potent that just touching it, it could permeate your skin and cause death.

These animals are highly sought-after by the Indians there who know enough to grab a leaf and wrap it around the frog to hold on to it. Sometimes they put them over a flame to get the frog incensed, and he produces the poison. They’ll use that poison, but they always thank the frog for using the poison, and they let him go and release him back into the forest.

No frogs are hurt in the making of that film. It’s very, very important. People of the forest have a way of understanding that, rather then destroying the animal, they use them to their advantage.

So, Poison Dart frogs have a great relationship with the people of the forest in Central and South America. They are indeed the jewels. Look at these fantastic colors. This is just a small variety we have in front of us.

Poison Dart, Poison Arrow frogs. You can’t make this stuff up.


anita caradonna says:

The Lizard In The Backround IKR?!?!? HE IS JUST LIKE “HEEEELP” XD

lindsey bunny says:

the lizard in the back is like “frogs? hmm interesting, do tell more”

Iwbra Bra says:

@ Howcast
Those are absolutely beautiful. I picked up my first tarantula after
watching your series on them, and it was one of my favorite investments in
recent memory. Now I want a few of these, start an exotic creature

mexicanamerican21 says:

so you never covered, is it safe to own these and handle?

VAN1SH1NG AC7 says:

I just caught a poison frog in my pond

Hung Vo says:

The savanah moniter photobombs the videos EVERYTIME!!!HE KEEPS TRYING TO

Miguel Sanchez says:

1 11 lizard in background, get me out of here

Jacklynn says:

I have a pet one

Princess Star Butterfly says:

For a sec I was like ” are those toys? They’re not moving” and then one
moved its leg and I jumped so high in my seat. Lol

Defalt says:

lol look at the lizard in the cage in the back

Slayerx49 says:

If I use their poison to take down a bunny, for example, the meat wouldn’t
be poisoned?

jakaria Haque says:

but why r they daying?

utsuriman says:

Hi Great video> Where did u get the leuc? Clown Leuc? 

Dektron says:

Disclaimer: This will sound stupid.

Okay. When you buy a poison dart frog, lets say from saurian enterprises,
is it poisonous still?

Shayne Dow says:

that lizard is just like. HEY HEY look at meeee not those frogs meeeee!

SuzzyStars says:

Are there such things as captive bread strawberry dart frogs(my personal

illest says:

Why won’t you pick them up 

MRSomethin1 says:

I smoked the skin once …… and it made me look like Beyonce for 24

Amber Courtneys Aquariums says:

Very informative! Thank you for sharing! :)

deniz roet says:

I wanna lift them up

kokajr says:

The iguana wanted our attencion.lol

Charles Kao says:

That’s cool

Uncle Cam says:

It’s cool that they thanked the frogs and let them lived but that same frog
could come back and kill one of their comrades….

Charles Kao says:


Peter K says:

How do you get them to stay in that tiny container? Mine constantly rocket
around their vivaria like there’s no tomorrow. 

Sebastian Mort says:

Cool info Mate!
Thank you!
Greetings fron Australia.
I love your hat.
It looks like a horseshoe crab mating with a small sting ray.
I have one that’s very similar, just a lighter colour to the
leather. Check out a bloke down under called Molly Meldrom. He has a great
leather hat. Unfortunately he also like leather cowboy chaps with the
buttocks cut out but I would steal his head gear if I could.
Great video and thanks for sharing. If your missing your hat at some stage,
it was probably me!

KhoLiQ says:

Can I buy it?


U can hold them when they are in captivity cus thay dont need thare poison
any more

Silky Johnson says:

respect to my nigga kobe bryant for makin those Kobe 6 poison dart frog
shoes for me I dont want no motherfuckers to die for my shits ya get it
live and let live.

Marth says:

They are so beautiful, but those bright colors, natures way of saying “back
off bro”.

Charles Kao says:


Universal Rocks says:

I like the background in that tank…that’s in the background… ;)

Frank Trinidad says:
Frank Trinidad says:

Are those frogs real

todd willetts says:

also 9th 🙁

m. elsidy says:


Jalyn Scott says:

Every time I look at these videos that savanna monitor is scratching on the
glass ! Lol

typhlosionwolf says:

Nice. I love these little critters. 😀

Evil0o0 says:

no he’s like hello im in cam!!!

AssassinChicken1 says:


Allen Hemphill says:

Pokemon frogs?

todd willetts says:

haha the lizard in the background is like let me the fuck out

surewould85 says:

I don’t know if I would consider a relationship where someone holds me over
a flame to be a great relationship.

420blazeit says:


rigo contreras says:


AK107DX says:

Frogs aren’t reptiles

Stephen Foster says:

The amazing power of God

Stephen Foster says:

15th better then 200th lol

Max MacKrell says:

11th 🙁

C0NR0Y113 says:

10 th 🙂

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