Zoo Animals

Poison Dart Frog

Poison dart frog

Family Dendrobatidae

At the Detroit Zoo
The poison dart frog can be seen at the award-winning National Amphibian Conservation Center – a leader in amphibian conservation and research – which houses a spectacular diversity of frogs, toads, salamanders, newts and caecilians. Sub-species viewable to guests include the Golfodulcean, three-lined, green-and-black, blue, dyeing and yellow-banded poison dart frogs.

This very small frog has aposematic colorations, which means its bright and contrasting colors indicate toxins to potential predators. In fact, this is considered to be one of Earth’s most poisonous species. This carnivore’s long, sticky tongue “darts” out quickly onto unsuspecting insects.

Fun Facts

  • This frog is called "poison dart" because indigenous people would rub the tips of their darts on the frog's back, which loads them with poison.