Hi! This is Fudgie. You've probably heard of the poison dart frog. These tiny, colorful frogs are extraordinary creatures that live in the tropical rain forests of Central and South America. They can come in many distinctive colors and patterns. But these bright-colored amphibians are colorful for a reason.
As you may know, poison dart frogs-- hence their name-- are VERY poisonous. According to scientists, one golden poison dart frog has enough poison to kill 10 adult men. This poison can kill predators, too, and the bright colors help ward them off. It helps keep the frog safe; the bright colors are a warning to stay away. And that goes for anyone!
Poison dart frogs may seem invincible, but they do have one known natural predator-- a snake called Leimadophis epinephelus. This snake is known for having an immunity to the frogs' poison.
But they have another predator-- shared by all the rest of the animals in the rain forests. Can you guess what that might be?
If you guessed humans, you're right. Humans are chopping down the rain forests and destroying the poison dart frogs' habitats. Deforestation is a big problem right now and it needs to be fixed as soon as possible. Even we are capable of destroying seemingly-invincible animals. But we shouldn't make ourselves capable. We should be incapable of committing such crimes.
Some animals, like poison dart frogs, have the power to kill and destroy. But they use it to survive, to do their part in the ecosystem. Humans also have that power. But it's far too often that we aren't wise enough to use it for good and do our part in the ecosystem. And that's a big problem.
These beautiful frogs deserve to survive on Earth. There's a lot we can do to help save them and their environment.
Source: National Geographic
Picture Source: National Geographic