Phantasmal Poison Frog | Welsh Mountain Zoo

Phantasmal Poison Frog

Epipedobates tricolor

  • Not Evaluated
  • Data Deficient
  • Least Concern
  • Near Threatened
  • Vulnerable
  • Endangered
  • Critically Endangered
  • Extinct in the Wild
  • Extinct

Listed as ‘endangered’, the Phantasmal Poison Frog can now be found in only seven separate locations across a 2000 mile area in its native Ecuador. The term ‘poison’ refers to the use of discharge in the frogs skin by native hunters to poison their darts, whilst the frogs themselves are attracted to insects as part of their diet including ants, beetles, flies, spiders and caterpillars – toxins from each are metabolised to create the frogs toxin.

Native Range →


Natural Habitat  →

Wetlands and Forest

Diet  →

Insects, flies, caterpillars, ants, mites and spiders

Life Expectancy  →

Unknown in the wild. Up to 15 years in zoos

Breeding  →

1-30 eggs & a 2-4 week incubation period

Group Name  →


Active Hours  →

During the day

Threats  →

Habitat loss, Invasive species, Pollution

Fun fact

In the wild their toxin, or poison, is created from their diet such as poisonous ants and insects and they secrete this toxin through the skin as protection against predators.

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