Analysis QuestionsPoison Dart FrogDescribe the habitat/environment The type of plants that are in the environment which the Poison Dart Frog lives in are orchids, water lilies, cacao(chocolate bean), banana tree, coffee plant and many more. Since the Poison Dart Frog lives in a rainforest the type of weather that happens is a lot of rain, the rainforest can get around 77 to 100 inches of rainfall each year. The temperature of the rainforest never exceeds 93 degrees or drop below 68 degrees and constantly stays humid all year. Poison Dart Frogs usually spends its time hunting for prey, but when they’re not hunting there usually resting on their dens. The Poison Dart Frog does have a predator and it’s called the Leimadophis Epinephelus and its a type of snake that is immune to the poison the Poison Dart Frog carries.
The Poison Dart Frog has a diet that contains many small insects like flies, termites, tiny beetles and young crickets. 2. Describe Adaptation The Poison Dart Frogs adaptation is called aposematic coloration. Aposematic coloration is when a way to warn off predators that they are dangerous and contain poison. In the case of the Poison Dart Frog, they all have very high contrast colors to tell predators to back off. If the Poison Dart Frog is eaten, the poison they keep under their skin in their pores is released and the predator that has eaten the frog will unfortunately die from the poison. This poisonous frog started existing around 6,000 years ago.
3.Advantage for survival The adaptation the Poison Dart Frog has become an advantage due to the fact that is helps Poison Dart Frogs from being hunted down by predators. The aposematic coloration for the frogs has been a defense mechanism to scare away incoming predators and has become more favorable throughout their existence. Since aposematic coloration is more favorable, frogs with that trait will be able to survive and reproduce. After generations, the population will change and the trait for aposematic coloration will help the frogs survive. 4.
Interesting factsThe Poison Dart Frog got its name because Amerindian tribes would capture the frogs and use their poison in darts to hunt and kill other animals.The poison in the darts Amerindian tribes use can be dried and stored for 10 years without losing any of its potency. The Golden Poison Dart Frog has enough poison to kill 10 people.
The smallest Poison Dart Frog is 10 millimeters long.A group of Poison Dart Frogs is called an army. 5. 2 Other animals There are many other animals who also use aposematic coloration for survival like the Monarch Butterfly and the Rough-Skinned Newt.
The Rough-Skinned Newt uses aposematic coloration just like Poison Dart Frogs do but their poison is less lethal. The Newt carries the poison in their skin glans so if they were to get eaten they would poison their predator. The Monarch Butterfly uses aposematic coloration just like all animal who have it, to warn predators that they are poisonous and shouldn’t be eaten. The Monarch Butterfly obtained this feature by eating milkweed as caterpillars making them poisonous.