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POTW #9: Poison Frog

January 28, 2010

focal length: 432 mm, aperture: f/3.5, shutter: 0.4 sec, distance: 0.5 meters, location: California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco, CA, 16 December 2009.

Our trip to the California Academy of Sciences Museum last month yielded several weeks worth of Photo-of-the-Week posts. This tiny jungle frog is an orange morph of the Golden Poison Frog, which has the awesome latin name “Phyllobates terribilis.” The terribilis moniker comes from the fact that this frog produces the most potent poison of any vertebrate in the world. The Ember√° people of northwestern Colombia collect poison from these frogs for use on their blowgun darts. Rolling the dart tip along the frog’s back produces a deadly warhead that remains potent for an entire year or longer.¬† Dogs have died after having contact with paper towels that these frogs have walked across. (So don’t leave any poison-frog-slimed paper towels laying around in your kitchen).


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