Green and Black Poison Dart Frog (Dendrobates auratus)

The Green and Black Poison Dart Frog is one of the species in this family that occurs in Costa Rica, along with the Strawberry Poison Dart Frog and other species. Poison Dart Frogs are diurnal, so it is relatively common to flush them from the floor litter during hiking trips through forested areas. Their contrasting body color is an adaptation to signal their venomous skin to potential predators, helping these frogs escape danger. They are small, although bigger than the Strawberry ones.

Green and Black Poison Dart Frog - Dendrobates auratus - Rana de Flecha Verde y Negro (2)

I had to be careful not to touch this frog while taking pictures. If I got any venom on my hands and then not being careful I had touched my mouth or eyes, that would have been harmful

Green and Black Poison Dart Frog - Dendrobates auratus - Rana de Flecha Verde y Negro (3)

The camouflage pattern is pretty and unique among frogs

Green and Black Poison Dart Frog - Dendrobates auratus - Rana de Flecha Verde y Negro

Venomous species like this one are more active during the day. I was also afraid of accidentally touching them, so kept some distance. They are very conspicuous when seen on leaf litter

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