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Island Gazette’s Animal of the Week for the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher

Yellow-banded poison frog - The yellow-banded poison frog (Dendrobates leucomelas) lives in rainforests in northern South America. They range in size from 3 cm to 5 cm (about the size of a U.S. half dollar), making them the one of the largest of all the poison frogs. Yellow and black bands across the body characterize this particular frog from other poison frogs. As the frog ages, the bands break off into spots. The yellow-banded poison frog, like all poison frogs, produces toxic chemicals in its skin making it poisonous to most predators. The intense toxins made by poison frogs can cause sickness and/or death in humans if carelessly handled.
Colombian Indians used the poison from the frog’s skin to tip their hunting darts giving them the well-known “poison dart frog” nickname. Three yellow-banded poison frogs live at the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher along with 22 other poison frogs.