Frogs have a deadly beauty
1. Monkey frog (Phyllomedusa bicolor)
The monkey frog has the scientific name Phyllomedusa bicolor and lives mainly in trees. The monkey frog’s poison can cause the victim to have stomach pain, and if severe, may experience hallucinations. Some tribes in the Amazon like to use this poison to help them achieve a feeling of excitement like using a stimulant. In addition, scientists use monkey frog poison in the treatment of cancer and AIDS.
2. Red Poison Frog (Dendrobates Tinctorius)
Scientifically known as Dendrobates Tinctorius, this frog species is classified as a mildly poisonous species. Their poison is not enough to kill humans but can knock out a chicken.
This frog itself is not poisonous. They like to eat a native species of poisonous ant, then they store the prey’s poison under their skin to use in self-defense.
3. Strawberry dart frog (Oophaga pumilio)
With their characteristic strawberry red color, their scientific name is Oophaga pumilio. Found in almost all of Central America, their poison is considered not to be pleasant at all. The poison will cause the victim a painful burning sensation like being burned. The poison they get is also because they eat a poisonous tick.
4. Humpbacked Green Dart Frog (Dendrobates Azureus)
As the name suggests, this frog’s skin is green and has a few black spots. Just 2 micrograms of their poison can be fatal to an adult. Like many South American frogs, their toxicity depends largely on the food they find.