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FOOD: Be careful of which frog you eat

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A single “golden poison frog” harbours enough poison to kill 10 grown men, making these frogs perhaps the most poisonous animals.

Frogs have many predators. To avoid ending up as lunch or dinner, some frogs secrete a very poisonous substance.They usually have brightly coloured bodies to warn their enemies that they are dangerous to eat.

They come in vivid orange, blue, green, red, yellow and sometimes a mixture of two colors like yellow and black. Their poison can kill animals and humans.  Native Americans used to use the poison from these frogs on the tips of their arrows, hence the name “Poison Arrow” or “Poison Dart” frogs. The colors on these poisonous frogs are not just to tell their enemies to back off but also to attract mates.

Toads also secret venom on their skins. The venom has a bitter taste and a foul smell to deter their enemies from eating them.

Are All Frogs Poisonous?

Not all frogs are poisonous. The brightly colored ones are very poisonous. Their colors are a warning sign, telling you to stay away. They are usually found in tropical countries.

Are Frogs Poisonous To Dogs?

Only the ones that are poisonous are dangerous to dogs and other pets. If your dog did come in contact with the poisonous ones, they need to be treated as fast as possible. They will become extremely ill very fast and will probably die. The venom will destroy their internal organs like the kidney and liver. It is unfortunate that this happens to many dogs as they love to chase and play with frogs and toads. It is important to keep your dogs away from playing or eating one.

#UgandaNewsBriefing group JAMES March 28, 2018 at 08:43AM

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