Kokoe Poison Dart Frog


Common name : Kokoe poison frog

Scientific name : Phyllobates aurotaenia

Family : Dendrobatidae

Native to : Coast of Columbia

Interesting fact : The tribal men of the columbian forest would put the frog on a stick and show it over fire to bring its skin toxin out. This is then rubbed onto their arrow tips for hunting.

Conservation status : Near Threatened

The kokoe poison frog is the tiniest of the poison dart frogs reaching only 3 cm long. Its black body has two contrasting orange stripes. Their favourite locations are moist forests near slow-moving water bodies. Their skins produce a potent toxin due to their diet rich in Melyrid beetles. Their average life span is 8 to 15 years or more.

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