The family of arrow poison frogs grows with five new specimens
and nature park, Terra Natura Benidorm, continues to grow with the birth of five
frogs. These are poison arrow frogs (Dendrobates leucomelas), a species of
toxic frog native to South America, considered one of the most dangerous frogs
in the world.
means that the family of arrow frogs increases to 11, two have already fully
developed and three remain tadpoles.
amphibians can live between 8 and 15 years. The largest specimens grow up to 5
centimeters in length, despite the fact that the average remains at 2.5
centimeters. The weight of an adult specimen is around 5 grams and is
characterized by its yellow and black color.
reproduction period of this species is from May to October. The frogs perform
several courtships where the male makes songs to attract the female, then they
deposit the eggs in the bromeliads leaves. The laying of each female has
between three and five eggs. The development of the eggs starts the first two
weeks transforming into tadpoles. The metamorphosis continues 60 days, with the
appearance of the back legs. One week later, the front limbs appear and lose
the tail to become practically terrestrial.
species is poisonous; The frog does not inject the poison, but its skin is
covered with toxic substances to poison its predators when it is attacked. In
addition, this frog presents intense colors to alert that they are toxic and
The name of
these frogs comes from the tradition of the natives who lived in South America
who used them to hunt by impregnating the tips of their arrows with this
poison, so they were more effectiveness.