Saturday, January 17, 2009

Toxic Terror!

Sharp claws and teeth are not the only weapons animals possess. Many creatures use poisons to attack prey or depend themselves. Some poisonous animals store toxins in their glands and inject them into their victims. Other animals produce poisons in their skin. Here is one of them:

Poison arrow frog. Next time you're in the rain forest of Central or South America and you spy this little amphibian, don't pick it up: its skin contains a toxic chemical that sickens or kills any animal that touches or eats it. Two micrograms of its toxin (barely enough to fit on the head of pin) will kill a large mammal - or even a person.

Imagine the terror of this kind of frog's poison, its color is attractive yet behind its look, this amphibian can end a life.