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Amazing Amphibians

Amazing Amphibians

Amphibians are vertebrates meaning they have a backbone and are characterised by their moist skin. They do not have scales, hair, feathers or claws. Some species spend most of their time out of water but they tend to return to the water to breed.

Here at Blue Planet Aquarium, you can learn how frogs have evolved to meet the widely different conditions of rainforests and arid regions.

Some are more successful than others, but sadly many amphibians, including the Golden Dart Frog, are currently amongst some of the most endangered species in the world. This is due largely to the systematic destruction of the rainforests. In the UK amphibians are also on the decline as a result of the disappearance of ponds and wetlands. At Blue Planet Aquarium we take conservation seriously we have an extensive and successful breeding programme in place on-site.

RED-EYE TREE FROG (Agalychnis callidryas)

Little hooks and pads on their toes help them stick to leaves and branches.
Maximum Size: 7CM

GREEN DART FROG (Dendrobates auratus)

As with all the poison dart frogs, bright colours warn predators that it is poisonous and to leave it alone.
Maximum Size: 3CM

TOMATO FROG (Dyscophus guineti)

This amazing amphibian can inflate itself to warn off predators. It also secretes a thick gummy substance leaving a bad taste in a predator’s mouth.
Maximum Size: 10CM

GOLDEN DART FROG (Phyllobates terribilis)

The world’s most poisonous creature – So called because its poison is used by the Amazon Indians on the tips of their darts – 1mg of its poison can kill 10,000 mice or 10-20 humans!
Maximum Size: 5CM

DYEING POISON FROG (Dendrobates tinctorius)

Native Indians boil the frogs to make dye for colouring feathers which are used as decoration.
Maximum Size: 5CM

GOLDEN MANTELLA (Mantella aurantiaca)

This tiny inhabitant of Madagascar is considered to be critically endangered. Like the Poison Dart Frogs of Central and South America, bright colours warn predators that this species is poisonous.
Maximum Size: 2CM

Fintastic Fact!

It’s the skin of the Blue Dart Frogs that contains the poison – enough to kill up to 20 adult humans!