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Anthony’s Poison Dart Frog

Regenstein Small Mammal-Reptile House

Did You Know?

  • Like other poison-arrow frogs, Anthony’s poison-arrow frogs secrete toxins from their skin as a defense against predators. To produce this toxin, they must eat prey that includes a certain biochemical.
  • Their bright coloring serves as a warning that they are poisonous, which deters predators.
  • Males guard and keep eggs moist, then move the hatched tadpoles to a pool or stream so they can continue to develop.

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Overview

Scientific Name: Epipedobates anthonyi

Class: Amphibians

Diet: Ants, beetles, mites, spiders, and springtails

Range: Southwestern Ecuador and northwestern Peru

Endangered Status: Near Threatened

More Information

Anthony’s poison-arrow frogs are brown or reddish with yellow or white dorsal stripes.  They inhabit equatorial dry and mountainous forests near wetlands or streams and are active during the day. With their habitats being modified, these frogs are also being found more often at plantations and on roadways.

Females lay up to 40 eggs in ground leaf litter. After that, the male takes over their care. The eggs hatch after two weeks.

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