The deadliest frog in the world

kermit pixabayAnd the deadliest frog in the world is….

NOT Kermit the Frog. Sorry. Although the idea of a nasty, Russian frog impersonating Kermit is pretty devious, neither Kermit nor the frog masquerading as him in the new Muppets movie hold a candle to the poison dart frog.

golden poison frog pixabayThe golden poison dart frog has enough poison to kill 10 people. It’s believed that their toxicity is related to their diet, as they consume insects that feed on poisonous tropical plants. The frogs absorb this poison and they’re able to secrete it out of glands on their backs when they feel threatened.

I’m definitely a frog lover, so this is fascinating to me! But even if you’re not a fan of these small amphibians, they may affect you more than you realize. By studying the venom of poison dart frogs, researchers are working to develop a synthetic compound intended for pain relief. This non-addictive, non-opioid drug is 200x stronger than morphine. Interested yet?

Frogs, snails, snakes, spiders, centipedes, slugs, and worms┬ámay make some people shudder, but the amazing things these animals are teaching us could make a huge difference to you and your loved ones! Some of the deadliest animals in the world helping with some of the deadliest diseases in the world? Unlike Kermit, that’s nothing to laugh at!

3 thoughts on “The deadliest frog in the world

  1. Alex Garcia

    So glad Kermit was not poisonous. I was not aware that the little poison dart was so poisonous. There is one thing I am dying to learn. I read online that poison dart frogs are only poisonous in the wild because their own toxicity is based on their diet. I would really appreciate it if some one can wither confirm or deny.

    Great read, thanks.

  2. Science Kicks Ass Post author

    Thanks for visiting! You may be interested in this research: It seems that toxic alkaloids come from some of the insects in their diets, so poison dart frogs in captivity aren’t as toxic (or sometimes, aren’t toxic at all).

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