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Red Backed Poison Dart Frog

BY EARTHFIRST

The Amazon Forest in South America is home to many amazing creatures, including the red backed poison dart frog, which is the second most poisonous frog on Earth.

This tiny little amphibian measures only about 15mm in length. It is however lethal to any animal who dares to touch or eat it, and can cause serious poisoning to humans just by touching it.
Apparently the poison that is present on its colourful skin comes from a neurotoxic venom that is present in the ants that it eats.

Whilst the Red backed poison dart frog isn’t listed as a threatened species, it does reside in the Amazon forest, which is itself shrinking by 200km a day, due to forest clearing to make room for yet more farmland for more beef that we probably don’t need, commercial logging and mining.

We are losing some 135 plant, animal and insect species every day—or some 50,000 species a year—as forests are cleared worldwide.

So if you’re out in the jungle or in the depths of a tropical forest don’t touch the colourful little frogs! And if you’re not lucky enough to be in a tropical forest reduce your beef intake so that we can help reduce beef consumption and help reduce forest clearings all over the world.

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