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Red Poison Dart Frog of the Amazon Rainforest, Explore and Discover, Peru

By January 5, 2017 March 8th, 2019 Amazon Rainforest

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I take this photograph of a red poison dart frog, displayed on a rolled leaf by our guide, on a hike through the Amazon Rainforest.  The frog is about the half the size of the guide’s thumb.  The toxin from these frogs may be used to poison the tips of hunters’ arrows, hence the name red poison dart frog.  Poison dart frogs live in tropical forests from Costa Rica to Brazil and come in different colors. Some are poison to the touch, but not all poison dart frogs are toxic depending on their diets.  As I take my camera lens closer to this frog for a macro shot, I am careful not to disturb him.  With this global photo story, I salute our guide for handling this frog with care throughout our photos and inspections.