This is a Strawberry Poison Frog (Dendrobates pumilio) that I found while on a hike in Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica. This species is also known as the “Blue Jeans” Poison Frog since normally they have blue legs but the population in Puerto Viejo were all red. They are one of the few frogs you can hear calling during the day in the forests of Costa Rica from little platforms on the forest floor. This one posed just long enough on a fallen Heliconia leaf for this shot.
Poison Frogs or Poison Dart Frogs are so named for their toxic skin secretions. Natives in South America tip the end of their darts with this poison to stun prey. The level of toxicity varies greatly from species to species, from simply bad tasting to deadly. They are usually brightly colored to warn predators that they are toxic. While they are the most famous, they are not the only frog that produce toxic secretions.
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