Zoo Animals

Mimic Poison Dart Frog

Mimic poison dart frog

Ranitomeya imitator

At the Detroit Zoo

The mimic poison dart frog can be seen at the award-winning National Amphibian Conservation Center in a habitat with other species of poison dart frogs. Native to the rainforests of northern and northeastern Peru, this frog is a skilled climber and very active. It is also diurnal, therefore it can be viewed best during the day. It can often be heard making calls in the form of a high-pitched trill. The National Amphibian Conservation Center is a leader in amphibian conservation and research and houses a spectacular diversity of frogs, toads, salamanders, newts and caecilians.


The mimic poison dart frog has vivid colorations and a generally bold personality. This frog is very mild in toxicity compared to other dart frogs, and gets its name from the fact that its coloration mimics more toxic species. This tiny amphibian grows to be about the size of a thumbnail.

Fun Facts

  • Male mimic poison dart frogs take care of the tadpoles; females will leave unfertilized eggs for the tadpoles to eat.