Doyle's Dart Den
Now, why would any one want to keep an animalthat could potentially kill them? First, most of the frogs of this group are not poisonous enough to be a threat to humans. Only 3 species could cause a serious threat, and they are: Phyllobatesterribilis, Phyllobates bicolor, and Phyllobates aurotaenia. Most of the frogs would only cause a serious health risk if ingested. When the frogs are kept in captivity, they lose their toxicity. The reason for this is not completely understood, but it is believed thatthe frogs obtain the alkaloids from the insects they eat and the insectsobtain them from the plants they eat. Being that the frogs do nothave a source alkaloids in captivity, they cannot generate the toxins.
But still, why do people keep these frogs? These are some of the most colorful and interesting animals in the world. Not only are they colorful, such as green and black, blue and black, andyellow and black just to name a few, but each species has its own personalities.
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David L. Doyle
This site is a collection of frog information regarding the husbandry of the frogs of the genus of Dendrobates which are also known as Poison Dart Frog
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