Monday, September 19, 2011

Meet One of the Most Poisonous Animals in the World!

Golden Poison Dart Frog, Phyllobates terribilis. The Golden Poison Dart Frog, a native of the Pacific coast of Columbia, is one of the most poisonous animals in the world. While captive-bred specimens are not toxic, the roughly one milligram of batrachotoxin found in a wild P. terribilis is sufficient to kill about 10,000 mice,over 10 humans, or up to two African bull elephants. The toxin is likely derived from alkaloids present in its natural food source, possibly a small Columbian beetle in the family Melyridae.

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