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Two strawberry poison dart frogs (Oophaga pumilio)

Two strawberry poison dart frogs (Oophaga pumilio)

At Finca la Isla Botanical Garden near Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica.

The strawberry poison dart frog (Oophaga pumilio, formerly Dendrobates pumilio) is a species of small poison dart frog found in Central America. It is common throughout its range, which extends from eastern central Nicaragua through Costa Rica and north-western Panama. The species is often found in humid lowlands and premontane forest, but large populations are also found in disturbed areas such as plantations.

The strawberry poison dart frog is perhaps most famous for its widespread variation in colouration, with approximately 15–30 colour morphs, most of which are presumed to be true-breeding.

Oophaga pumilio is diurnal and primarily terrestrial, and can often be found in leaf litter in both forested and disturbed areas. Though brightly coloured and toxic, these frogs are relatively small, growing to approximately 17.5–22 mm (0.69–0.87 in) in standard length. Males are extremely territorial, guarding small territories; females and juveniles are far more sociable.

This is a lovely website about Costa Rican frogs -
costaricanfrogs.com/Poison-Dart_Frogs.html

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Photo taken @ Puerto Viejo on 11 January 2013 (© wallygrom / Flickr)

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