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Poisonous Frog Species Discovered

September 15, 2007
clipped from news.nationalgeographic.com

New poison frog species, golden frog of Supata
t’s a good thing this frog is small, because it doesn’t have much room to maneuver

This newly discovered species of poison frog is a mere 0.8 inch (2 centimeters) long and exists only in a patch of forest about the size of ten city blocks.

Scientists discovered the tiny amphibian in February while surveying the high-elevation cloud forests of central Colombia.


The animal, dubbed the golden frog of Supat, has a range of just 50 acres (20 hectares), which experts say may explain why it had not been discovered earlier.


The new species belongs to a group of dart frogs, some of which are extremely toxic, said Giovanni Chaves, a biologist with the nonprofit Conservation Leadership Program that organized the expedition.


“They possess [compounds] that can be very toxic if they are ingested or have contact with any mucous [membrane] or open wound,” he said.

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  1. November 10, 2007 2:39 pm

    I was searching for this kind of a blog for months now. Actually lost the hope of finding one, but here i am 🙂 Thanks for the great articles! Looking forward for a little read after dinner 🙂

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