One of the world’s most poisonous creatures filmed in its natural habitat
Found only in the Chocó Rainforest of Colombia, the tiny Golden Poison Frog is drenched in enough poison to kill 10 people. Watch the video and discover more top facts about the species
Dependent on primary forest, the Golden Poison Frog occurs patchily across less than 150 miles2 (250 km2) of rainforest on the narrow Pacific coastal plain of the Chocó in Colombia. It exists nowhere else of Earth.
In reaction to this threat, the Colombian conservation organisation Fundación ProAves created the Rana Terribilis Reserve in early 2012. This marked the first time that this species had ever been protected.
Just two inches in size, a single frog could hold enough poison to kill 10 people. Their skin is drenched in alkaloid poison (batrachotoxins) that prevent nerves from transmitting impulses, leaving the muscles in an inactive state of contraction – leading to heart failure. Death comes within minutes.
Watch the video to discover more top facts about the Golden Poison Frog.
- Read about the conservation project to save the Golden Poison Frog from extinction
- Explore the photo gallery for images of the Golden Poison Frog in its natural habitat