Wallpaper Monday

poison dart frogs

Just for a change of pace…and because I love poison dart frogs. The photographer labeled this image “slimy affection,” which just goes to show how few frogs he or she has ever handled. Frogs aren’t slimy. They have moist skin, but that’s not the same thing.

Most poison dart frogs secrete a toxin that makes eating them an unpleasant-to-fatal experience, depending on the species, toxin, and dosage. As a result, they don’t behave like other frogs. They don’t hunch flat to the ground in dark corners, using cryptic coloring to blend in. Neither are they nocturnal. Instead, they tool around in broad daylight, sitting bolt upright in a characteristic stance that says, “Check me out. I want to be seen.”

This is because they know they’re cool.

(Click the image to embiggen. And, for those who were burning with curiosity regarding Saturday’s question: nope, it didn’t rain a drop. It was perfect weather all day long. Mãe Soberana has notched another year in her belt.)


About Fletcher DeLancey

Socialist heathen and Mac-using author of the Chronicles of Alsea, who enjoys pondering science, politics, well-honed satire (though sarcastic humor can work, too) and all things geeky.
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2 Responses to Wallpaper Monday

  1. Alma says:

    “This is because they know they’re cool.” 😀 You’re adorable. And so are the frogs.

  2. Erik says:

    There won’t be many left in the wild because of that frog killing virus making it’s way down central america. Costa Rica has placed some of it’s population in captivity to try and protect them but that is not a long term solution. In a few years the virus will reach the amazon basin and start wiping out it’s frogs. Let’s hope it mutates or something so that by the time it gets there it will be harmless. Also in most photo’s showing these frogs you hardly realise how small they are.

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