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This frog design reminds us of the enjoyment we find every weekend during the warmer weather when we kayak in ponds and smaller lakes looking for frogs and turtles.
The frog is a "blue jeans" frog, which is the most-common variant of the strawberry poison dart frog. Blue jeans frogs are tiny frogs that grow no larger than the size of a quarter. The strawberry poison dart frog is 1 of more than 100 species of poison dart frogs. The color of the frog's skin is a warning to predators that the frog is poisonous. The blue jeans frogs live in the rain forests of Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Panama, and Puerto Rico. The frogs are active during the day, and eat ants, beetles and insects.
The name poison dart frogs is based upon the alleged use of the poison in the skin of the frogs by Indians to coat their darts used in blow guns to kill prey. (However, some scientists dispute that the frogs have been used for this purpose because the main ingredient of the poison used in the darts is curare, which is derived from a plant.)
The blue jeans frog is not classified as endangered, but the frog is being subjected to pressures from habitat loss due to logging and farming, disease (amphibian chytrid fungus), and the pet trade.
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