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Florida Boardwalk Animal Fact Sheet
BLACK-LEGGED POISON FROG
Phyllobates bicolor

Range:
South and Central America, Columbia being one of the main areas. The Black-legged Poison Frog is endemic to western Columbia. It is a highly toxic species. Just 150 micrograms of its poison is enough to kill an adult human.
Habitat: Rain forests, usually on the ground and near water.
Diet:

An assortment of insects and arthropods, such as termites, flies and ants.

Status: Near Threatenedn (IUCN)
Approximate Dimensions of Adult:

Weight: 8 - 9 grams.

Length: Around 5 cm.
Lifespan: 8 - 15+ years.
Reproduction & Offspring:

They breed continuously throughout the rainy season, some every other month or even more frequently. In order to attract a female, the male will sit on a leaf and call by trilling or buzzing. This may go on for several days. Once a female is attracted, the mating pair must find a suitable location to lay their eggs. In some species, the male will select a location for the eggs prior to obtaining a mate. They are usually laid in a moist place, such as, in the leaf litter, under rocks, or on rainforest plants. The female lays 4-30 eggs in a jelly-like mass to keep them moist. Then, they are usually guarded by either parent until they are ready to hatch. The parent will take the tadpoles to a suitable body of water where they are able to continue their development. This may consist of a puddle in a tree hole or a water holding plant.


 

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