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Feb 10

A-Z of Endangered Species – Poison Dart Frog

P-PDFrog-MDBSMThis week for the letter P I am heading to the jungles of South America and I am featuring my second amphibian of the series, it is the Poison Dart Frog. There are well over 100 different types of Poison Dart Frog, they come in all kinds of amazing colours and patterns with unusual names such as the Strawberry Poison Frog and the Golden Leaf Folding Frog. Beautiful as they are this cute little frog is actually one of the worlds most poisonous animals with one type of frog containing enough poison to kill over 100 people, some of the frogs are so poisonous they are lethal to touch.

The Poison Dart frog can be found exclusively in the Amazon rain forest, living mainly on the forest floors, the eat various insects such as ants, flies and termites. as you can imagine living in the Amazon rainforest the main threat to these beautiful little creatures is habitat loss, vast areas of the rainforest are constantly being cleared and turned into farmland while the trees are turned into timber. over the last 40 years over 20% of the Amazon rainforest has been cleared.

To find out more about the Poison Dart Frog and many other animals at risk from extinction check out the WWF website here – http://www.worldwildlife.org/species/poison-dart-frog

One of the main reasons I am doing this project is to raise awareness for many of the threatened animals on our delicate planet, one way you can help is to share this and any of my posts on social media. You can also donate to my just giving page. It is a safe secure method of donating money to the WWF and ALL of the money goes directly to the charity.

Thanks go to the WWF for supporting my project and thanks to those who have donated so far.

 

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