The Strawberry Poison
(Dart) Frog lives in rainforest and cloud forest in Central
America. A tiny frog not much bigger than a fingernail
(shown above with a cockroach), it gives off toxins through
its skin which cause paralysis and heart arrest in its
predators -- the toxins obtained from the mites and ants
that it eats. Terrestrial, it climbs well.
The Strawberry Poison Frog is one of the most variable, with
many recognised colour morphs. While some are red or
pink/strawberry coloured, with or without spots and some
with blue legs, others are yellow (as above) or green. The tadpoles
are dropped in bromeliad or other small collections of water
and are fed an unfertilised egg by their mother, which
transfers the alkaloid toxity to them for protection. The
father protects the tadpoles and ensures water supply.