Poison Dart Frog​: here’s the scoop


While some poison dart frog populations are considered stable, their populations aren’t large, and their habitats are rapidly shrinking. Habitat loss, over-collection for the pet trade and chytrid fungus disease all pose serious threats to these stunning amphibians.

Insider Info

Buttonwood Park Zoo is home to four species; blue poison dart frog, green and black poison dart frog, yellow-banded poison dart frog and dyeing poison dart frog.


Poison Dart Frog

Scientific name

Dendrobatidae family


Found on trees, as well as under leaves, logs and rocks on the forest floor


Carnivorous. Feeding primarily on crickets, fruit flies, ants, termites and beetles

life expectancy

 8 – 15 years

Did you know?

Poison dart frogs raised in captivity and isolated from insects in their native habitat never develop poison.


Tropical forests of Central and South America

Conservation status

Least Concern

Widespread and abundant