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Subject: Year 6 Literacy Unit: Poison dart frog

Poison Dart Frog
Quick facts Diet: Carnivore Life span in the wild: 3 - 15 years Size: 1.5 - 2.5 cm Group name: Army Status: Threatened

The poison dart frog is a member of the Dendrobatidae family and lives in the rainforests of Central and South American and on a few Hawaiian islands. There are over 100 species of dart frogs that vary in colour and pattern. Their colouring can be yellow, gold, copper, red, green, blue or black. In the wild, poison dart frogs can live from 3 to 15 years and only grow to 2.5 cm. Their diet includes fruit flies, ants, termites, young crickets, and tiny beetles. Poison dart frogs are considered one of Earth’s most toxic species. The local people who live in the rainforest put the frog’s toxin on the tips of darts and use them to hunt for food by blowing the darts from their blowpipes. Poison dart frogs that have been raised in captivity and do not eat the insects found in their native habitat never develop venom. The female poison dart frog lays dozens of eggs on leaves. The male returns to check on the eggs for 2 weeks. Once the tadpoles have hatched they swim onto the male’s back and are carried to a small pond where they require three months to metamorphose (change) into small frogs. Many species of poison dart frog are now endangered due to habitat loss.

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06-02-06-057-s

Name: Date:

Subject: Year 6 Literacy Unit: Poison dart frog

Poison Dart Frog
Answer the following questions:
1. What is a group of poison dart frogs called? ___________________________________________________________________ 2. What do poison dart frogs eat? ___________________________________________________________________ 3. Are dart frogs poisonous? ___________________________________________________________________ 4. How many different species are there? a b Over 50 Over 200 c Over 100

d Over 300

5. Is the poison dart frog a carnivore or a herbivore? ___________________________________________________________________ 6. How do the tadpoles travel to the pond? ___________________________________________________________________ 7. How long does it take the tadpoles to metamorphose ino small frogs? ___________________________________________________________________ 8. Why are many species endangered? ___________________________________________________________________
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