The Poison-Dart Frog
(Dendrobates pumilio)

This frog is one of the most famous frogs of Costa Rica. It is known as Blue Jeans or Strawberry Poison-Dart Frog and it lives mostly on the Caribbean side of Costa-Rica.

However, there exists its Pacific version, the granular poison-dart frog (Dendrobates granuliferus). This frog is not very common, but it’s equally charismatic and beautiful.

Its color is variable, ranging from an orange or reddish on the dorsum with bluish members to emerald green in northern populations. Some specimens can be green and yellow. But the main difference of this frog with the Blue Jeans frog is granular skin.

It lives in small creeks in the mountains. People can see and hear it in the rainy season when males sing during the daytime emitting sounds like crickets.

Females lay their eggs, one at a time, in cavities holding water. Every so often, they visit their tadpoles leaving new infertile eggs for them to feed on. These eggs are toxic, so you better stay away from them. The skin of these frogs has also a substance that could be harmful if it is accidentally licked or swallowed. Thus they are highly respected amphibian for its powerful poison.
Just enjoy admiring these beautiful frogs, which visit local gardens, but let them go on with their lives without disturbing them.
In Costa Rica, the frog was regarded by the ancient Indians Bruncas as a fertility symbol, as well as death symbol. Frogs served as an inspiration for their artists and the new generation of Bruncas artisans create masks and other pieces of art using the images of the multiple frog species surrounding them. Moreover, the art has helped by sending the message to protect and care for this endangered species.

In Bruncas language, frog means Huen. Tabayen di (the song of the River)


Frogs habitat near the ocean and rivers. Photo : ©

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