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Blue poison dart frog (Dendrobates tinctorius "azureus") - captive animal at The Living Rainforest, Berkshire, UK

Blue poison dart frog (Dendrobates tinctorius "azureus") - captive animal at The Living Rainforest, Berkshire, UK Stock Photo

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Gillian Pullinger / Alamy Stock Photo

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4737 x 3158 px | 40.1 x 26.7 cm | 15.8 x 10.5 inches | 300dpi

Date taken:

12 January 2017


The Living Rainforest, Hampstead Norreys, Berkshire, UK

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The blue poison dart frog or blue poison arrow frog (Dendrobates tinctorius "azureus") is a poison dart frog found in the forests surrounded by the Sipaliwini savanna, which is located in southern Suriname and adjacent far northern Brazil. D. tinctorius "azureus" is also known by its Tirio Indian name, okopipi. Its scientific name comes from its azure color. D. tinctorius "azureus" is a medium-sized frog that weighs about 8 g and grows to 3.0-4.5 cm in length. Females are larger and about half a centimeter longer than males, but males have larger toes. The frog has a typical lifespan of five to seven years in the wild. Its bright blue skin, usually darker around its limbs and stomach, serves as a warning to predators. The glands of poisonous alkaloids located in the skin serve as a defense mechanism to potential predators. These poisons paralyze and sometimes kill the predator. The black spots are unique to each frog, enabling individuals to be identified. This species of frog has a distinctive hunch-backed posture. Each foot has four toes, which each have a flattened tip with a suction cup pad used for gripping. The tips of the toes in females are round, while males have heart-shaped tips.

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