Main page content begins here

 green and black dart frog

Scientific name: Dendrobates auratus

Habitat: rainforest floor near small streams or pools

Diet: ants, spiders, termites, fruit flies, caterpillars, worms

Life span: unknown in the wild (average 8.3 years in captivity)

Young: 3-6 eggs/clutch

Size: 4 cm (1.57 in)

The bright colours of poison dart frogs are believed to dissuade predators, warning them of a bad tasting and possibly lethal meal.

Although females of this species lay the eggs, males check on the eggs for 2 weeks until tadpoles emerge. The male carries the tadpoles on his back to a stream or lake where they will transform (metamorphose) into adult frogs within 6 weeks.

Learn more about this species:

These are some other websites that we think have more great information about this species.

Green and black poison dart frog on Animal Diversity Web


Range: Central and South America

Status in the Wild

Status: rare

For More Information

Edmonton Valley Zoo

13315 Buena Vista Road (87th Avenue)
PO Box 2359
Edmonton, Alberta T5J 2R7


End of page content. Please choose between the following five options:

Back to main menu Back to current page menu and content View current page breadcrumb Back to site search Continue to page footer content