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What do poison dart frogs eat?

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In the wild, poison dart frogs feed mainly on insects like ants and termites, and on spiders, while a captive frog's diet consists primarily of crickets. Like other frogs, poison dart frogs capture prey with their tongues.

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What do poison dart frogs eat?
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Poison dart frogs live on some Hawaiian islands and in the rainforests of Central and South America. Their name is based on the highly-poisonous secretions they emit from their skin. The poison is so toxic, several native tribes once used it to poison their darts. They are brightly colored as a way of alerting predators that they are poisonous, and their colors may even provide camouflage in the shadows.

Unfortunately, many species of poison dart frogs are endangered due to habitat loss. People fear these frogs due to their toxicity, but not all species are deadly to humans. The most deadly frog to humans is the golden poison arrow frog. This frog produces a neurotoxin known as batrachotoxin, which is strong enough to kill many animals and humans. Captive poison arrow frogs are not poisonous, however, as they are specifically kept on a diet that is free of the poison producing alkaloids. Despite their restricted diet, those in captivity have a lifespan longer than 10 years.

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    What are the poison dart frogs' enemies?

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    The poison dart frog has only one natural predator - a snake named Leimadophis epinephelus. Because the skin of the poison dart frog has enough poison to make many other animals sick by just licking it, the poison dart frog has only this one predator who has become adapted to its poison. Termed aposematic coloration, the poison dart frog's bright colors warm other animals to stay away.

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    What eats poison dart frogs?

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    The only known predator of poison dart frogs is the Leimadophis epinephelus, a fire-bellied snake native to the Amazon rainforests that has developed a natural resistance to the frog's poison. The golden poison dart frog is one of hundreds of species of poison dart frogs, all of which have varying colors and patterns.

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    Where do poison dart frogs live?

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    Poison dart frogs live naturally in the rainforests of Central and South America and on some of the Hawaiian islands. The frogs are also bred to live in many zoos around the world.

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    What do frogs eat?

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    The diet of frogs varies depending on the species; most consume insects, snails, spiders and worms, while the larger varieties consume small fish, moles, mice, and even other frogs. Frogs consume primarily organisms that are smaller and lower on the food chain: flies, worms, centipedes and other crawling insects are among their favorites.

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