Drawing of various species of poison dart frogs. All illustrations are hand drawn and expertly rendered. All illustrations are available in both line art and full color. In the gallery is the Blue Poison Dart Frog, Green & Black Poison Dart Frog, Reticulated Poison Dart Frog, Strawberry Poison Dart Frog and several other species of frog. High quality prints made on acid-free archival paper are available of all drawings in the gallery. High quality prints made on acid-free archival paper are available of all drawings in the gallery. If you do not see the poison dart frog you're looking for please contact the artist to make a suggestion. Custom illustrations of specific frogs can be ordered as well. For more information and pricing please call 1 (800) 913-7906 or send an to the artist.
My friend Sue, while we were out shopping one day, bought a small plastic replica of a poison dart frog. At the time I knew little about these colorful little amphibians, except that perhaps they were indeed poison and lived in the rainforest. I had always had a love for frogs, and as I learned more about these little rainforest gems, my fascination with them grew. I finally made the decision to travel to Costa Rica to see them in their natural habitat. I wasn't disappointed, and found them almost immediately when hiking from the jungle lodge where I was staying. So, of course when I started to get very serious about scientific illustration I was all too happy to render poison darts, because to me they encompass two of my greatest passions: frogs and the tropical rainforest. I know there's several species I need to add to the library, but at the moment I'm not sure which species they should be. I'm open to suggestions so please me with them!
Poison dart frog is the common name of a group of frogs of the family Dendrobatidae. These small and very brightly colored amphibians are found near the ground level in the lush tropical rainforests of Central and South America. While most frogs are active during the night, Dendrobates are generally active during the day. The name comes from the fact that the native peoples of the rainforest will gather up these frogs, boil them into a concentrated liquid that is then used on the tips of their pointed weapons such as blowdarts and arrows. It is thought that the frogs develop their poison from the small insects they feed on, which means that captive bred species are less toxic than their wild relatives, because their diet is much different. Their name is a little deceptive, as their poison isn't dangerous to humans and cannot be transmitted in large enough doses from handling them to cause any harm. But is instead used to discourage predators, and their vivid colorations serve a warning. Despite this defense, some predators have developed the ability to withstand their poison, including the Amazon ground snake. Due to habitat loss, climate change, introduced species and the fungal disease Chytridiomycosis many species of dendrobates and related frogs are critically endangered.
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