We achieved the reproduction of the most poisonous vertebrate on the planet
03 de enero de 2019 Noticias
This is the
first time the park manages to make the golden arrow frogs couple breed in our
Natura Benidorm we have achieved the reproduction of the golden arrow frog
(Phyllobates terribilis), considered the most poisonous vertebrate on the
planet. This is the first time that we managed to get the amphibian pair of
this species to breed in our facilities, thus contributing to the conservation
of this species.
The care of
our team of professionals and the specific conditions adopted in the enclosure
to favour the adaptation of this species, have concluded in the birth of four
specimens of golden arrow frog, a species that is threatened due to the
important destruction of its habitat.
specimens have more and more poison due to their feeding as they eat some toxic
ants that gives them that fearsome poison. This is why this amphibian does not
have natural predators, except the snake Liophis Epinephelus, which only dares
to attack the younger specimens endowed with a lower concentration of venom
which is not lethal yet.
estimated that the paralytic toxin secreted by the glands of their skin is 20
times more potent than any other amphibian in the world, and a single specimen
is capable of killing 20,000 laboratory mice.
Natura Benidorm we currently have a group of golden arrow frogs, there are four
individuals of three years old of age, two males and two females, plus the four
babies that have recently been born. This amphibian can live between 15 and 20
years, and in adulthood can measure between four and six centimetres.
the pair of frogs of Terra Natura Benidorm has deposited seven eggs and four of
them have developed perfectly.