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Phyllobates terribilis, the Golden Poison Frog

Phyllobates terribilis, the Golden Poison Frog or the Golden Dart Frog, is a poison dart frog endemic to the Pacific coast of Colombia. This amphibian of the family Dendrobatidae is currently considered the most poisonous vertebrate worldwide.[1] The optimal habitat of P. terribilis is the rainforest with high rain rates (5 m or more), altitude between 100–200 m, temperature of at least 26 °C, and relative humidity of 80–90%. In the wild, P. terribilis is a social animal, living in groups of up to six individuals; however, captive terribilis can live in much larger groups than that. Terribilis are often considered innocuous due to their small size and bright colours; however wild specimens are lethally toxic. This poison dart frog is confirmed to have killed humans who touched the wild frog directly.

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Taken on October 24, 2010