Blue Poison Arrow Frog - Dendrobates spp
Taken at Bristol Zoo
Camera Nikon D40x, Lens Nikon 105 Macro
Amphibians are perhaps my favourite group of creatures, fabulous eyes, colours and textures. Bristol Zoo and Slimbridge Wetlands Cente are well worth a visit for enthusiatsts and photographers.
Poison arrow frogs are so named because the poison from their skins is taken by Colombian Indians to smear onto the tips of their blow-pipe darts and arrows to help kill animals when hunting. In fact, only a very few species are used for this purpose, but this common name has been applied to their close relatives.
Conservation news: The blue poison arrow frog is at risk in the wild due to habitat loss. This species is on a European breeding programme.
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