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Poison Dart Frog Nick named as the "blue jean frog", this is a small but very poisonous frog. However, if you do not have any open wounds, cracks, rashes etc on your hand, you can hold this frog without a problem. Just make sure to wash your hand really good before you touch your eyes or put your fingers in your mouth : )  Costa Rica,Geotagged,La Selva,Poison dart frog Click/tap to enlarge PromotedCountry intro

Poison Dart Frog

Nick named as the "blue jean frog", this is a small but very poisonous frog. However, if you do not have any open wounds, cracks, rashes etc on your hand, you can hold this frog without a problem. Just make sure to wash your hand really good before you touch your eyes or put your fingers in your mouth : )

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  1. An amazingly clear photo, sharp end to end, I remember it as being very small and jumpy, so great job on this magnificent closeup! Posted 4 years ago
    1. I spent around 2 days trying to take a decent photo of this frog. As you said, it is very small and jumpy. But persistence pays off; I found a not-so-jumpy one deep in the jungle : ) This was shot with a Canon 100mm f2.8 macro lens and a Canon 430 EX Flash. Posted 4 years ago
  2. Fabulous photo and I do love it when photographers describe the effort behind the shot, personally I appreciate it all the more! Posted 4 years ago
    1. Thanks a lot... Posted 4 years ago
    2. Agreed! Posted 4 years ago
      1. Thanks : ) Posted 4 years ago
  3. Insanely stunning Posted one year ago
  4. From today's JungleDragon Facebook post:

    "Brazenly beautiful and toxic, the strawberry poison frog (Oophaga pumilio) is a tiny frog that lives in Central America. They are jewels of the rainforest! Their bright colors are aposematic and serve as a warning to predators that they are toxic. Their toxicity comes from their diet: the frogs accumulate alkaloids from the ants, termites, and mites that they eat. Strawberry poison frogs are somewhat unique in the animal kingdom when it comes to mate selection. Selecting a mate is usually a big deal for many creatures and is taken very seriously as males vie for female attention by singing, fighting, dancing, bellowing, displaying, and being ostentatiously and impractically beautiful. But, this is not the case with strawberry poison frogs. When a female is ready to mate, she isn't selective; rather, she appears to simply choose the male that is the closest to her vicinity and then hopes for the best. This is a really smart strategy considering these frogs have a short time frame to lay viable eggs, and wasting time in search of the perfect mate isn't sensible.

    Once the eggs are laid and fertilized, this species shows remarkable dedication in its parenting. The male work hard to keep the eggs moist by urinating on them daily. He also guards them and eats any eggs infected by fungi. When the eggs hatch, the tadpoles ride piggyback on their mother as she takes them to tiny pools of water in bromeliad plants. Each tadpole gets its own pool, which they choose by vibrating when their mother reaches a desirable spot. She feeds them unfertilized eggs that are spiked with alkaloids until they reach adulthood. Thus, she nourishes them also while passing on a chemical defense to protect them against predators. {Spotted in Costa Rica by JungleDragon user, burak_dogansoysal} #JungleDragon"
    Posted one year ago
    1. Perfect post and photo!

      And another to add to my List:
      Posted one year ago

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The strawberry poison frog or strawberry poison-dart frog is a species of small poison dart frog found in Central America. It is common throughout its range, which extends from eastern central Nicaragua through Costa Rica and northwestern Panama. The species is often found in humid lowlands and premontane forest, but large populations are also found in disturbed areas such as plantations. The strawberry poison frog is perhaps most famous for its widespread variation in coloration, comprising approximately.. more

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Uploaded Jan 2, 2015. Captured Mar 30, 2012 17:47 in 414, Costa Rica.
  • Canon EOS 5D Mark II
  • f/8.0
  • 1/100s
  • ISO320
  • 100mm