Color Warning in Frogs
Why does the Red- Backed Poison Arrow Frog have its coloring?
In the animal world, the colors red and orange are to warn other animals of
danger.The red-backed poison arrow frog is poisonous, so if an animal eats
it will get sick or even die. The red color on it's back means "stop! I'm
dangerous!" When other animals see this they know not to eat it. It is just
like a red stop sign or stop light. It means "stop! If you go out in the
street a car could hit you!" This keeps the frog from getting eaten and
other animals from getting sick.
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Update: June 2012