Healthy Frogs = Healthy Planet

Poison dart frogs, like all amphibians, are a good environmental indicator species because they live in two environments, land and water. Frogs are sensitive to changes in their environment because pollutants are easily absorbed through their porous skin.  Scientists monitor amphibians like poison dart frogs to determine the health of an entire ecosystem.

Poison dart frogs can be found in the humid, tropical rainforest environments of Central and South America, near streams or ponds. These tiny, terrestrial, diurnal frogs tend to live on or close to the ground, in leaf litter on the forest floor.

At Reid Park Zoo

Dart frogs are poisonous because they store the toxins from the insects they eat. The bright color warns predators of the potentially deadly meal. Many animals use aposematic or warning coloration as protection.

The frogs in this habitat eat wingless fruit flies and therefore do not have any stored toxins.


Species Name:
Poison Dart Frog
Scientific Name:
Dendrobates tinctorius
Central and South America
Proud Parents:
Jacqueline Quast
Peggy Wall