Monday, November 15, 2010

Strawberry Poison-dart Frog

Today a few photos of the Strawberry Poison-dart Frog (Dendrobates pumilio), an amazingly beautiful and really quite common little frog from the Caño Palma site in Tortuguero, where I am banding for a few days. This site is a only 20-minute boat ride from the "CCC" site where I had been banding since October 21, but it's very different habitat, with different critters.

Like most poison-dart frogs, its toxicity is derived from its diet (mostly formicine ants). Kept in captivity and fed on arthropods, these frogs lose their toxicity.

They are small and beautiful.

There's also a fascinatingly different bird community here, on which I will report a next time.

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