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Extinction: The Poison Dart Frog
Transcript of Extinction: The Poison Dart Frog
And many other small insects Predators A snake, Leimadophis epinephelus developed a resistance to the frogs' poison. It is the Poison Dart Frog's only natural predator. Food Chain If lost, what is the effect on the Food Web If the Poison Dart Frog becomes extinct, the spiders, ants, termites, and many other insects will become over populated. The leimadophis epinephelus will have less food and it's population will dwindle. Current Population The current population is stable, and will probablly start going down. The prediction populations will soon deplete is due to overcollection, a recent disease called chytridiomycosis, and habatat loss. If we prevent this, then the Poison Dart Frog will not go extinct. Losses http://animals.nationalgeographic.com/animals/amphibians/poison-frog/
http://www.sandiegozoo.org/animalbytes/t-poison_frog.html Leimadophis epinephelus dendobates
azureus vespoidea formicidae If this frog becomes extinct, it will be missed. The food chain in the Rainforest will be messed up and unstable. Scientists have been looking at medical uses for frog poisons. Some one had developed a new painkiller from the substances produced by the phantasmal poison frog Epipedrobates tricolor. Named “epibatidine” because of it's orgins, it is 200 times more effective than morphine without all of the bad side effects! Poison frog secretions also show promise for the development of muscle relaxants and heart stimulants. Cool Facts Average life span in the wild is 3 to 15 years Where frog is found Size: 1 in (2.5 cm) The golden poison dart frog has enough poison to kill 20,000 mice. The Poison Dart Frog is Threatened Species Sources Save Me And Save the Ecosystem