GREEN AND BLACK POISON FROGDendrobates auratus
Conservation Status: Least Concern
Green-colored (typically a mint, emerald, lime, or forest green coloration), peppered with black bands and spots
25-45 millimeters with females being larger
Over 8 years
Native to Colombia, Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Panama; introduced to Hawaii to control the populations of non-native insects
Rain forests and wetlands
During the rainy seasons of the rain forest (July-September)
14-18 days to hatch; 6-8 weeks until metamorphose
Up to 6 eggs
Ants which have high quantities of alkaloids, which is what makes these frogs poisonous
Active all throughout the day, particularly on rainy days
1. Their captive diet does not include invertebrates with toxic compounds, so the frogs have lost the poison in their skin.
2. After the eggs hatch, the male frog will carry the tadpoles on his back to a small pool of water or a stream until they transform into froglets.
3. During mating season, males are polygynous, meaning they can have more than one female mate.