Poison Dart Frogs and their Toxins

Natural History

Epipedobates tricolor. Photo courtesy by Dirk Huppert.

Toxin Introduction
Types of Toxins
Ecology of the Toxins
Human Uses
Literature Cited



Poison Dart Frogs are among nature's most striking and interesting creatures. Apart from their vivid colors, they exhibit the interesting ability to produce toxins. These toxins play an important role in their ecology and overall life history. Humans have also become interested in these frogs by trying to discover the reasons behind how and why they produce these toxins. In recent years, numerous studies have been conducted trying to deduce the chemical and biological nature behind these toxins. Start down the wonderful world to understanding these unique animals. I hope this site will help to ellucidate some of the mysteries and questions concerning this elusive and varied group of amphibians.