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Sunday, January 31, 2016
Blue Poison Dart Frog
Breaking with form again, and posting this month's entry a day early! Taking one from the archives this February, this gorgeous frog is found in Suriname and parts of extreme northern Brazil. Its skin excretes a substance that makes it horrible-tasting (and potentially dangerous) for predators to eat. As the name implies, the substance can be concentrated and used to poison the tip of small arrows and darts to disable small animals. Interestingly, the patterns of spots on these frogs can be used much like human fingerprints to identify individual specimens, as no two are ever identical. Truly blue animals are quite rare, and these frogs are some of the most strikingly beautiful examples.