Golden Poison Frog

(Phyllobates terribilis)

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IUCN Conservation Status
Endangered (EN)


Endemic to rainforest of Columbia/Above sea level in lowland rain forests with steep rocky terrain 


Size: 0.5 to 2" long • Weight: Up to 30g

The Golden Poison Frog is a tiny but mighty creature, known for its bright and beautiful golden hue. Despite their small size - they typically grow to be just 2-3 cm long - these frogs pack a punch when it comes to their toxicity. Golden Poison Frogs may look cute and cuddly, but they are actually one of the deadliest animals on the planet! A killer fact: its skin is packed with poison potent enough to take down up to 10 grown humans.

The vibrant yellow colour of the Golden Poison Frog serves as a warning sign to potential predators that they are toxic. In fact, there are over 170 species of poison frogs, many of which are also brightly coloured and fatal. Despite their toxicity, wild Golden Poison Frogs have some natural predators in the rainforest that have developed resistance to their poison like various snakes and birds. But don’t leap to any conclusions – these little frogs, while deadly, are also very nurturing parents. They have a unique breeding behaviour where the males carry their tadpoles on their backs until they are ready to hatch.

Hop on over to the Frogs Forever? gallery to learn more ribbiting facts about the Golden Poison Frog during your next visit to the Vancouver Aquarium.

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Frogs Forever? Exhibit

Frogs, toads, salamanders, and odd-looking caecilians ─ these are the more than 20 amphibians displayed in the Aquarium's Frogs Forever? exhibit. You'll learn which threats impact each amphibian on display and some ways to help protect them.

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