Touch this frog, and you could be the one croaking

An official from the Beijing Entry-Exit Inspection and Quarantine Bureau using forceps to pick up a highly dangerous golden poison dart frog, which was seized earlier this month. The Beijing authorities seized 10 extremely dangerous frogs that secrete tox
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An official from the Beijing Entry-Exit Inspection and Quarantine Bureau using forceps to pick up a highly dangerous golden poison dart frog, which was seized earlier this month.

The Beijing authorities seized 10 extremely dangerous frogs that secrete toxins on April 15 in a parcel sent from Poland.

The live frogs included three types of poison dart frogs.

A gram of toxin produced by the golden poison dart frog, the deadliest species in the haul, is enough to kill 15,000 humans.

The brightly coloured frogs were found in plastic containers and declared as "clothes and gifts".

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 20, 2016, with the headline 'Touch this frog, and you could be the one croaking'. Print Edition | Subscribe