Strawberry Poison Dart Frog (Oophaga pumilio)

The Strawberry Poison Dart Frog, along the Green and Black Poison Dart Frog, are one of the common diurnal species that can be found in tropical rain forests in Costa Rica, particularly at the Caribbean side. It is common to go hiking and see these bright red and blue frogs suddenly jump from the trail. Due to the color of their legs, they are also called the “Blue Jeans”, although some individuals are found that have red legs and arms. They are tiny when compared with many Tree Frogs.

Strawberry Poison Dart Frog - Oophaga pumilio - Rana Flecha Roja y Azul (2)

As with the Green-and-black Poison Dart Frog, caution must be exercised not to touch these frogs when photographing them with macro lenses

Strawberry Poison Dart Frog - Oophaga pumilio - Rana Flecha Roja y Azul (3)

A close up portrait of this frog as it rests on a yellow leaf

Strawberry Poison Dart Frog - Oophaga pumilio - Rana Flecha Roja y Azul (4)

Strawberry Poison Dart Frog - Oophaga pumilio - Rana Flecha Roja y Azul

With a body colored in bright red and blue, this frog can’t camouflage well in a yellow leaf. Not that it needs camouflage, the colors are a strong signal not to eat them

Strawberry Poison Dart Frog - Oophaga pumilio - Rana Flecha Roja y Azul (1)

This frog seems to be uncomfortable sitting inside the pink fungus. It will jump out anytime

Strawberry Poison Dart Frog - Oophaga pumilio - Rana Flecha Roja y Azul (5)

Such a explosion of colors. The green background is like a canvas, where the white and pink of the fungi set the stage for the blue and red of the frog to blow you away

Strawberry Poison Dart Frog - Oophaga pumilio - Rana Flecha Roja y Azul (6)

Time to get back to business. Although there is a lot of height from the log to the ground, it won’t hurt to free fall all the way

Strawberry Poison Dart Frog - Oophaga pumilio - Rana Flecha Roja y Azul (7)

Each new pose is more interesting than the last. In this particular picture, the huge black eyes look prominent and help the frog absorb all the available light to see well in the dark

Strawberry Poison Dart Frog - Oophaga pumilio - Rana Flecha Roja y Azul (8)

Now is time to play hide-and-seek. Although those colors render the frog conspicuous wherever it stands

5 thoughts on “Strawberry Poison Dart Frog (Oophaga pumilio)

  1. Pingback: Green and Black Poison Dart Frog (Dendrobates auratus) | The Nature Admirer

  2. Pingback: RANA FRAGOLA | STERPAGLIE

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s