Amphibians at the Detroit Zoo

  Poison dart frog

At the Detroit Zoo
Golden, golfoldulcean, mimic, three-lined, green-and-black, yellow-and-blue and yellow-banded poison dart frogs can be seen at the award-winning National Amphibian Conservation Center – a leader in amphibian conservation and research – which houses a spectacular diversity of frogs, toads, salamanders, newts and caecilians.


This very small frog has aposematic colorations, which means its bright and contrasting colors indicate toxins to potential predators.


Scientific name: Family Dendrobatidae
Continent: Central and South America
Habitat: Rainforests
Size: 0.5 – 1.5 inches long
Weight: Varies with species
Diet: Spiders, ants, termites and crickets
Lifespan: Three to 10 years
Conservation Status: Least Concern to Endangered, depending on species.
Reproduction: A clutch of a dozen eggs is deposited onto a leaf.



These frogs are called "poison dart" because indigenous people would rub the tips of their darts on the frog's back, which loads them with poison.