Shop Orchid Care OrchidTalk Orchid Forum Weather Station Links Nursery

Welcome to OrchidTalk Orchid Forums


The Friendliest Orchid Community on the Internet!


  •  » Learn to Repot your Orchids
  •  » Learn Orchid Care Tips and Secrets
  •  » Find the perfect Orchid for your Growing Environment
  •  » Chat with Orchid Growing Professionals

OrchidTalk - "Bringing People Together to Grow Orchids Better!"


Let us help you grow your Orchids better; Join our community today.


YES! I want to register an account for free right now!


Register or Login now to remove this advertisement.

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 11

Poison Dart Frogs in Costa Rica

This is a discussion on Poison Dart Frogs in Costa Rica within the Eye Candy forums, part of the Land Plants category; Styx mentioned Dart Frogs in his return to the forums intro, so I thought I'd ...

Click here to increase the font size Click here to reduce the font size
  1. #1
    eaglssong's Avatar
    eaglssong is offline Senior Member
    Real Name
    Anne
    Favorite Orchid(s)
    All of them
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Location
    Ft. Lauderdale, FL
    Posts
    976
    Member's Country Flag
    Recipes
    4

    Default Poison Dart Frogs in Costa Rica

    Styx mentioned Dart Frogs in his return to the forums intro, so I thought I'd share a couple with y'all that I shot in Costa Rica in January.

    These guys are tiny, less than one inch, and the red one is about 1/2 the size of the green and black frog. Note the tadpole on the green and black's back? That's how they (male and female) transport the tadpoles to plants such as Bromeliads, where they deposit them in the water that's stored in the center of the plant, until they turn into new little Poison Darts. The reason they are called Poison Darts is they exude what was used on poison arrow tips.

    Name:  Blue Jeans Poison Dart Frog.jpg
Views: 2312
Size:  39.0 KB
    Blue Jeans or Strawberry Poison Dart Frog

    Name:  Green and Black Poison Dart Frog.jpg
Views: 7413
Size:  134.8 KB
    Green and Black Poison Dart Frog with tadpole on its back

  2. #2
    playtime8978's Avatar
    playtime8978 is offline Senior Member
    Real Name
    carrie
    My Grow Area
    Windowsill
    Favorite Orchid(s)
    all of them
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Location
    Blackpool, Lancashire,UK
    Posts
    1,020
    Member's Country Flag

    Default

    Oh my they are adorable, Its hard to imagine such a tiny little cutie as those can be poisonous. Great photos as well thank you, I love the markings on the green and black one.

  3. #3
    nicki is offline Senior Member
    My Grow Area
    Under Lights
    Favorite Orchid(s)
    don't know yet
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Location
    pittsburgh Pa
    Posts
    803
    Member's Country Flag

    Default

    When I first saw those at our zoo I had to do a double take to see if they were real. Their colors are so vivid & they are so tiny I thought they were fake lol. That would be pretty cool to see them in their natural habitat. Very interesting how they carry their young around. I never knew that. Thanks for posting!

  4. #4
    smartie2000's Avatar
    smartie2000 is offline Senior Member
    Real Name
    Fren
    My Grow Area
    Under Lights.
    Favorite Orchid(s)
    Phrags, Paphs, Catts
    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    Location
    Edmonton, Canada
    Posts
    2,202
    Member's Country Flag

    Default

    Beautiful!
    some people keep these as pets too, though they aren't ordinary. I thought about it but I might have too much on my hands then

  5. #5
    eaglssong's Avatar
    eaglssong is offline Senior Member
    Real Name
    Anne
    Favorite Orchid(s)
    All of them
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Location
    Ft. Lauderdale, FL
    Posts
    976
    Member's Country Flag

    Default

    They really are adorable. We were lucky to have a naturalist with us, and he knew where to find them.

    I can't begin to imagine having one as a pet. Our guides were able to hold them, but after awhile, they said their hands were starting to tingle. I don't know for sure, but I'm fairly certain that just holding one won't kill you, but I guess it can get a bit uncomfortable.

    Here are a few more shots to show you how tiny they are.

    Name:  Strawberry Dart.jpg
Views: 997
Size:  61.6 KB

    Name:  Green and Black Dart.jpg
Views: 815
Size:  38.8 KB

    Name:  Diego holding frog.jpg
Views: 2207
Size:  50.7 KB

  6. #6
    smwboxer is offline Senior Member
    Real Name
    Stephen
    My Grow Area
    Under Lights
    Favorite Orchid(s)
    Rhynch/Brassavola/Angc
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Location
    NYC
    Posts
    727
    Member's Country Flag

    Default

    The ones kept as pets are not poisonous like the wild ones. They gain their posion from ants they eat. In captivity they are mostly fed tiny crickets and fruit flies.

  7. #7
    Brutal_Dreamer's Avatar
    Brutal_Dreamer is online now Dreaming with my eyes open...
    Real Name
    Bruce Brown
    My Grow Area
    Greenhouse
    Favorite Orchid(s)
    Cattleyas & Slippers
    Join Date
    Mar 2003
    Gender
    Male
    Location
    Arkansas
    Posts
    34,003
    Member's Country Flag

    Default

    Those are really great shots. I love learning about different plants and animals. Thanks for sharing these with us. I really like the idea of the frog carrying the tadpole on its back. That is really cool and lucky of you to get the shot!!

    Cheers,
    BD

  8. #8
    Cjcorner's Avatar
    Cjcorner is offline Senior Member
    Real Name
    Connie
    My Grow Area
    Porch/Patio.
    Favorite Orchid(s)
    Mini Vanda, Schombs &Encyclia.
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Location
    West of Tampa, FL
    Posts
    9,139
    Member's Country Flag

    Default

    Cool frogs! I love the colors...thanks for sharing!

  9. #9
    Ron-NY is offline rothaholic
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Location
    Saratoga Co. New York
    Posts
    6,922

    Default

    very cool to see them in nature.

  10. #10
    eaglssong's Avatar
    eaglssong is offline Senior Member
    Real Name
    Anne
    Favorite Orchid(s)
    All of them
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Location
    Ft. Lauderdale, FL
    Posts
    976
    Member's Country Flag

    Default

    I would go back to Costa Rica in a NY Minute!! There's so much more to see and photograph. Luckily, it's just a three hour, non stop flight from Ft. Lauderdale. I WILL be going back. That's a promise I've made to myself.

    Hmmmmmmmm.. wouldn't it be lovely to try and get a group together to go there to look for orchids and wildlife?

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast

Similar Threads

  1. Pick your Poison...
    By sadie in forum Orchid Ailments / The Compost Pile
    Replies: 9
    Last Post: August 3rd, 2007, 09:24 PM
  2. super model frogs
    By Molly Taco in forum A Kodak Moment: not necessarily plants...
    Replies: 14
    Last Post: September 10th, 2006, 03:47 AM
  3. Vivarium frogs
    By wogga in forum Fish and Amphibians
    Replies: 31
    Last Post: August 8th, 2006, 08:07 PM
  4. frogs???
    By 3starsupabove in forum Orchid Ailments / The Compost Pile
    Replies: 14
    Last Post: July 10th, 2005, 06:22 PM

Tags for this Thread

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
OrchidTalk --An Orchid Growers Discussion Forum brought to you by River Valley Orchidworks. A World Community where orchid beginners and experts talk about orchids and share tips on their care, cultivation, and propagation.