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Poison Dart Frogs (66) More files... by Dr. Mark W. Moffett
Beautiful but dangerous, these bejeweled creatures exhibit a disctinctive warning coloration which emphatically communicates danger to both friend and foe. Yellow, red and green poison dart frogs of the South American rainforest provide the deadly poison used by the Choco Indians to anoint the darts of their blowguns. This poison is strong enough to kill a man simply by touching the frog's skin. Dr. Mark W. Moffett shares with us the intimate views of their natural history and documents the capture and harvest of the frogs and the rendering of the poison for the Choco's darts.

Text by Dr. Mark W. Moffett
Strawberry Poison Dart Frog (Oophaga pumilio) dominant male resting on snail, Bastimentos Islands, Bocas del Toro, Panama  -  Mark Moffett
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00108986 Strawberry Poison Dart Frog (Oophaga pumilio) dominant male resting on snail, Bastimentos Islands, Bocas del Toro, Panama© Mark Moffett
Strawberry Poison Dart Frog (Oophaga pumilio) dominant male resting on snail, Bastimentos Islands, Bocas del Toro, Panama  -  Mark Moffett
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00108987 Strawberry Poison Dart Frog (Oophaga pumilio) dominant male resting on snail, Bastimentos Islands, Bocas del Toro, Panama© Mark Moffett
Strawberry Poison Dart Frog (Oophaga pumilio) dominant male wrestles with submissive male, Bastimentos Island, Bocas del Toro, Panama  -  Mark Moffett
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00108988 Strawberry Poison Dart Frog (Oophaga pumilio) dominant male wrestles with submissive male, Bastimentos Island, Bocas del Toro, Panama© Mark Moffett
Strawberry Poison Dart Frog (Oophaga pumilio) dominant male wrestles and pins another male, Bastimentos Island, Bocas del Toro, Panama  -  Mark Moffett
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00108990 Strawberry Poison Dart Frog (Oophaga pumilio) dominant male wrestles and pins another male, Bastimentos Island, Bocas del Toro, Panama© Mark Moffett
Strawberry Poison Dart Frog (Oophaga pumilio) dominant male wrestles with and pins another male, Bastimentos Island, Bocas del Toro, Panama  -  Mark Moffett
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00108989 Strawberry Poison Dart Frog (Oophaga pumilio) dominant male wrestles with and pins another male, Bastimentos Island, Bocas del Toro, Panama© Mark Moffett
Strawberry Poison Dart Frog (Oophaga pumilio) with puffed-up vocal sack courting females with a song of insect-like chirps, Bastimentos Island, Bocas del Toro, Panama  -  Mark Moffett
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00108992 Strawberry Poison Dart Frog (Oophaga pumilio) with puffed-up vocal sack courting females with a song of insect-like chirps, Bastimentos Island, Bocas del Toro, Panama© Mark Moffett
Strawberry Poison Dart Frog (Oophaga pumilio) with puffed-up vocal sack courting female with a song of insect-like chirps, Bastimentos Island, Bocas del Toro, Panama  -  Mark Moffett
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00108993 Strawberry Poison Dart Frog (Oophaga pumilio) with puffed-up vocal sack courting female with a song of insect-like chirps, Bastimentos Island, Bocas del Toro, Panama© Mark Moffett
Strawberry Poison Dart Frog (Oophaga pumilio) tadpole carried on mother's back, Bastimentos Islands, Bocas del Toro, Panama  -  Mark Moffett
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00108996 Strawberry Poison Dart Frog (Oophaga pumilio) tadpole carried on mother's back, Bastimentos Islands, Bocas del Toro, Panama© Mark Moffett
Strawberry Poison Dart Frog (Oophaga pumilio) mother carries tadpole to canopy, she lacks the toe pads or other adaptations of tree frogs and so the trip is quite arduous, Bastimentos Island, Bocas de...  -  Mark Moffett
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00108997 Strawberry Poison Dart Frog (Oophaga pumilio) mother carries tadpole to canopy, she lacks the toe pads or other adaptations of tree frogs and so the trip is quite arduous, Bastimentos Island, Bocas de...© Mark Moffett
Strawberry Poison Dart Frog (Oophaga pumilio) mother carries tadpoles, one by one, to canopy where she finds suitable pools of water to deposit each separately among the trees, Bastimentos Island, Boc...  -  Mark Moffett
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00108999 Strawberry Poison Dart Frog (Oophaga pumilio) mother carries tadpoles, one by one, to canopy where she finds suitable pools of water to deposit each separately among the trees, Bastimentos Island, Boc...© Mark Moffett
Strawberry Poison Dart Frog (Oophaga pumilio) mother carries tadpoles, one by one, to canopy where she seeks little pools of water in leaf bracts of bromeliads and other canopy plants, Bastimentos Isl...  -  Mark Moffett
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00108998 Strawberry Poison Dart Frog (Oophaga pumilio) mother carries tadpoles, one by one, to canopy where she seeks little pools of water in leaf bracts of bromeliads and other canopy plants, Bastimentos Isl...© Mark Moffett
Strawberry Poison Dart Frog (Oophaga pumilio) mother deposits tadpoles, one by one, to pools of water in canopy bromeliad, scattering them among the trees, Bastimentos Island, Bocas del Toro, Panama  -  Mark Moffett
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00109000 Strawberry Poison Dart Frog (Oophaga pumilio) mother deposits tadpoles, one by one, to pools of water in canopy bromeliad, scattering them among the trees, Bastimentos Island, Bocas del Toro, Panama© Mark Moffett
Strawberry Poison Dart Frog (Oophaga pumilio) protecting tadpoles in bromeliad is threatened by a crab, Bastimentos Island, Bocas del Toro, Panama  -  Mark Moffett
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00109001 Strawberry Poison Dart Frog (Oophaga pumilio) protecting tadpoles in bromeliad is threatened by a crab, Bastimentos Island, Bocas del Toro, Panama© Mark Moffett
Blue Poison Dart Frog (Dendrobates azureus) pair of females fighting, very tiny poisonous frog, Indian tribes use poison for arrows, native to South America  -  Mark Moffett
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00109004 Blue Poison Dart Frog (Dendrobates azureus) pair of females fighting, very tiny poisonous frog, Indian tribes use poison for arrows, native to South America© Mark Moffett
Green and Black Poison Dart Frog (Dendrobates auratus) meets a Tarantula, Taboga Island, Panama Tarantulas eat frogs but avoid Poison Dart Frogs, yet on Taboga, such encounters are common and Tarantul...  -  Mark Moffett
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00109005 Green and Black Poison Dart Frog (Dendrobates auratus) meets a Tarantula, Taboga Island, Panama Tarantulas eat frogs but avoid Poison Dart Frogs, yet on Taboga, such encounters are common and Tarantul...© Mark Moffett
Green and Black Poison Dart Frog (Dendrobates auratus) male courts the female by following her closely, touching her behind as they go, Taboga Island, Panama  -  Mark Moffett
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00109006 Green and Black Poison Dart Frog (Dendrobates auratus) male courts the female by following her closely, touching her behind as they go, Taboga Island, Panama© Mark Moffett
Green and Black Poison Dart Frog (Dendrobates auratus) father carrying tadpoles to treetop pool, Taboga Island, Panama  -  Mark Moffett
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00109009 Green and Black Poison Dart Frog (Dendrobates auratus) father carrying tadpoles to treetop pool, Taboga Island, Panama© Mark Moffett
Green and Black Poison Dart Frog (Dendrobates auratus) male guarding embryos, Tobago Island, Panama  -  Mark Moffett
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00109007 Green and Black Poison Dart Frog (Dendrobates auratus) male guarding embryos, Tobago Island, Panama© Mark Moffett
Green and Black Poison Dart Frog (Dendrobates auratus) tadpole in little pool in rainforest canopy plant, Taboga Island, Panama  -  Mark Moffett
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00109010 Green and Black Poison Dart Frog (Dendrobates auratus) tadpole in little pool in rainforest canopy plant, Taboga Island, Panama© Mark Moffett
Green and Black Poison Dart Frog (Dendrobates auratus) tadpole grows legs and will soon loose its tail, Taboga Island, Panama  -  Mark Moffett
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00109011 Green and Black Poison Dart Frog (Dendrobates auratus) tadpole grows legs and will soon loose its tail, Taboga Island, Panama© Mark Moffett
Ecuador Poison Frog (Epipedobates bilinguis) with tadpoles on its back, Napo River, Amazonia, Ecuador  -  Mark Moffett
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00109012 Ecuador Poison Frog (Epipedobates bilinguis) with tadpoles on its back, Napo River, Amazonia, Ecuador© Mark Moffett
Golden Poison Dart Frog (Phyllobates terribilis) the most poisonous of the dart frogs, western Colombia
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00109014 Golden Poison Dart Frog (Phyllobates terribilis) the most poisonous of the dart frogs, western Colombia© Mark Moffett
Golden Poison Dart Frog (Phyllobates terribilis) the most poisonous of the dart frogs, Colombia  -  Mark Moffett
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00109015 Golden Poison Dart Frog (Phyllobates terribilis) the most poisonous of the dart frogs, Colombia© Mark Moffett
Golden Poison Dart Frog (Phyllobates terribilis) the most poisonous of the dart frogs, western Colombia  -  Mark Moffett
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00109016 Golden Poison Dart Frog (Phyllobates terribilis) the most poisonous of the dart frogs, western Colombia© Mark Moffett
Golden Poison Dart Frog (Phyllobates terribilis) the most poisonous of the dart frogs, male carrying tadpoles on his back, Colombia  -  Mark Moffett
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00109017 Golden Poison Dart Frog (Phyllobates terribilis) the most poisonous of the dart frogs, male carrying tadpoles on his back, Colombia© Mark Moffett
Golden Poison Dart Frog (Phyllobates terribilis) close-up of skin pores which poison and mucous are secreted, the secreted batrachotoxins cause irreversible muscle contractions which lead to death, Co...  -  Mark Moffett
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00109018 Golden Poison Dart Frog (Phyllobates terribilis) close-up of skin pores which poison and mucous are secreted, the secreted batrachotoxins cause irreversible muscle contractions which lead to death, Co...© Mark Moffett
Embera Choco people use a distinctive kind of blowgun and secretion from Golden Poison Dart Frog (Phyllobates terribilis) to poison on their darts for hunting, Colombia  -  Mark Moffett
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00109019 Embera Choco people use a distinctive kind of blowgun and secretion from Golden Poison Dart Frog (Phyllobates terribilis) to poison on their darts for hunting, Colombia© Mark Moffett
Golden Poison Dart Frog (Phyllobates terribilis) used by Embera Choco Indians to poison their darts for hunting, Colombia  -  Mark Moffett
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00109020 Golden Poison Dart Frog (Phyllobates terribilis) used by Embera Choco Indians to poison their darts for hunting, Colombia© Mark Moffett
Golden Poison Dart Frog (Phyllobates terribilis) group used by Embera Choco Indians to poison their darts for hunting, Colombia  -  Mark Moffett
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00109031 Golden Poison Dart Frog (Phyllobates terribilis) group used by Embera Choco Indians to poison their darts for hunting, Colombia© Mark Moffett
Golden Poison Dart Frog (Phyllobates terribilis) being used to poison an arrow that makes it deadly enough to bring down game, Colombia  -  Mark Moffett
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00109035 Golden Poison Dart Frog (Phyllobates terribilis) being used to poison an arrow that makes it deadly enough to bring down game, Colombia© Mark Moffett
Golden Poison Dart Frog (Phyllobates terribilis) being used to poison an arrow that makes it deadly enough to bring down game, Colombia  -  Mark Moffett
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00109034 Golden Poison Dart Frog (Phyllobates terribilis) being used to poison an arrow that makes it deadly enough to bring down game, Colombia© Mark Moffett
Embera Choco Indian tasting curare from the sap of a tree, curare is used to poison the tips for hunting arrows, Colombia  -  Mark Moffett
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00109037 Embera Choco Indian tasting curare from the sap of a tree, curare is used to poison the tips for hunting arrows, Colombia© Mark Moffett
Embera Choco Indian collecting curare from the sap of a tree which is used to poison the tips for hunting arrows, Colombia  -  Mark Moffett
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00109036 Embera Choco Indian collecting curare from the sap of a tree which is used to poison the tips for hunting arrows, Colombia© Mark Moffett
International Frog Day takes place twice a year, hundreds of Poison Dart Frog enthusiasts converge to buy and trade frogs because many species are becoming increasingly rare, export from tropical Amer...  -  Mark Moffett
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00109041 International Frog Day takes place twice a year, hundreds of Poison Dart Frog enthusiasts converge to buy and trade frogs because many species are becoming increasingly rare, export from tropical Amer...© Mark Moffett
Green and Black Poison Dart Frog (Dendrobates auratus) eye, Tobago Island, Panama  -  Mark Moffett
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00109044 Green and Black Poison Dart Frog (Dendrobates auratus) eye, Tobago Island, Panama© Mark Moffett
Strawberry Poison Dart Frog (Oophaga pumilio) group showing color variation from different islands, Bocas del Toro, Panama
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00109045 Strawberry Poison Dart Frog (Oophaga pumilio) group showing color variation from different islands, Bocas del Toro, Panama© Mark Moffett
Strawberry Poison Dart Frog (Oophaga pumilio) portrait, Shepherd's Island, Panama  -  Mark Moffett
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00109050 Strawberry Poison Dart Frog (Oophaga pumilio) portrait, Shepherd's Island, Panama© Mark Moffett
Strawberry Poison Dart Frog (Oophaga pumilio) portrait, Isla Popa, Panama  -  Mark Moffett
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00109053 Strawberry Poison Dart Frog (Oophaga pumilio) portrait, Isla Popa, Panama© Mark Moffett
Strawberry Poison Dart Frog (Oophaga pumilio), Bastimentos Island, Panama  -  Mark Moffett
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00109049 Strawberry Poison Dart Frog (Oophaga pumilio), Bastimentos Island, Panama© Mark Moffett
Poison Dart Frog (Dendrobates sp) portrait, Isla Cristobal, Panama  -  Mark Moffett
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00109054 Poison Dart Frog (Dendrobates sp) portrait, Isla Cristobal, Panama© Mark Moffett
Black-legged Poison Dart Frog (Phyllobates bicolor) portrait, Colombia  -  Mark Moffett
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00109072 Black-legged Poison Dart Frog (Phyllobates bicolor) portrait, Colombia© Mark Moffett
Poison Dart Frog (Minyobates sp) portrait, side view, Bastimentos Island, Bocas del Toro, Panama  -  Mark Moffett
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00109059 Poison Dart Frog (Minyobates sp) portrait, side view, Bastimentos Island, Bocas del Toro, Panama© Mark Moffett
Strawberry Poison Dart Frog (Oophaga pumilio) northern Bastimentos Island, Bocas del Toro, Panama  -  Mark Moffett
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00109057 Strawberry Poison Dart Frog (Oophaga pumilio) northern Bastimentos Island, Bocas del Toro, Panama© Mark Moffett
Poison Dart Frog (Colostethus sp) portrait, Napo River area, Amazon ecosystem, Ecuador  -  Mark Moffett
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00109061 Poison Dart Frog (Colostethus sp) portrait, Napo River area, Amazon ecosystem, Ecuador© Mark Moffett
Phantasmal Poison Dart Frog (Epipedobates tricolor) near Cuenca, Ecuador this frog exudes epibatidine, a chemical with analgesic qualities two hundred times as powerful as morphine  -  Mark Moffett
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00109069 Phantasmal Poison Dart Frog (Epipedobates tricolor) near Cuenca, Ecuador this frog exudes epibatidine, a chemical with analgesic qualities two hundred times as powerful as morphine© Mark Moffett
Granular Poison Dart Frog (Dendrobates granuliferus) portrait on bird's nest fungus, Corcovado National Park, Costa Rica  -  Mark Moffett
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00109088 Granular Poison Dart Frog (Dendrobates granuliferus) portrait on bird's nest fungus, Corcovado National Park, Costa Rica© Mark Moffett
Limon Rocket Frog (Colostethus nexipus) portrait, Amazon ecosystem, Ecuador  -  Mark Moffett
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00109060 Limon Rocket Frog (Colostethus nexipus) portrait, Amazon ecosystem, Ecuador© Mark Moffett
Strawberry Poison Dart Frog (Oophaga pumilio), Split Hill, Panama  -  Mark Moffett
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00109047 Strawberry Poison Dart Frog (Oophaga pumilio), Split Hill, Panama© Mark Moffett
Yellow-banded Poison Dart Frog (Dendrobates leucomelas) of unusual color, Lake Leopoldo, Venezuela  -  Mark Moffett
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00116491 Yellow-banded Poison Dart Frog (Dendrobates leucomelas) of unusual color, Lake Leopoldo, Venezuela© Mark Moffett
Harlequin Poison Dart Frog (Dendrobates histrionicus) portrait, Amazon ecosystem, Ecuador  -  Mark Moffett
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00750343 Harlequin Poison Dart Frog (Dendrobates histrionicus) portrait, Amazon ecosystem, Ecuador© Mark Moffett
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