Poison arrow frogs make vibrant debut at S.E.A. Aquarium

The blue poison arrow frog, the yellow-headed poison frog, the green and black poison arrow frog and the Amazonian poison frog (bottom) are among the five species of poison arrow frogs that will be showcased at the S.E.A. Aquarium's Central and South
The blue poison arrow frog (above), the yellow-headed poison frog, the green and black poison arrow frog and the Amazonian poison frog are among the five species of poison arrow frogs that will be showcased at the S.E.A. Aquarium's Central and South American exhibits.ST PHOTOS: KUA CHEE SIONG
The blue poison arrow frog, the yellow-headed poison frog, the green and black poison arrow frog and the Amazonian poison frog (bottom) are among the five species of poison arrow frogs that will be showcased at the S.E.A. Aquarium's Central and South
The blue poison arrow frog, the yellow-headed poison frog, the green and black poison arrow frog (above) and the Amazonian poison frog are among the five species of poison arrow frogs that will be showcased at the S.E.A. Aquarium's Central and South American exhibits.ST PHOTOS: KUA CHEE SIONG
The blue poison arrow frog, the yellow-headed poison frog, the green and black poison arrow frog and the Amazonian poison frog (bottom) are among the five species of poison arrow frogs that will be showcased at the S.E.A. Aquarium's Central and South
The blue poison arrow frog, the yellow-headed poison frog, the green and black poison arrow frog and the Amazonian poison frog (above) are among the five species of poison arrow frogs that will be showcased at the S.E.A. Aquarium's Central and South American exhibits.ST PHOTOS: KUA CHEE SIONG

Five breathtaking species of the poison arrow frog have leapt their way into S.E.A. Aquarium at Resorts World Sentosa, including the dyeing, blue and Amazonian species.

These thumb-size frogs are the first amphibians to be showcased in the aquarium, which boasts a collection of 100,000 animals across 800 species.

Native to Central and Southern America, the frogs are part of the aquarium's ongoing plan to feature unique species and promote conservation awareness.

Many of these frog species are now endangered as a result of deforestation to make space for farmland.

To accommodate more than 40 poison arrow frogs, S.E.A. Aquarium built a new exhibit to replicate the frogs' natural habitat in humid rainforests, with temperatures between 22 deg C and 27 deg C.

Measuring 1.5cm to 6cm, poison arrow frogs pack a lethal punch in a tiny package. When provoked, they secrete deadly toxins to elude capture. Frogs with the brightest colours are usually the most poisonous. The most toxic species, the golden poison arrow frog, can be found in the aquarium.

Aquarists have taken pains to ensure that the new additions are not poisonous by carefully regulating their diet. Since ingesting poisonous insects induces harmful secretions, the frogs' diet consists of non-poisonous insects, such as crickets and wingless flies.

Visitors to the S.E.A. Aquarium can view these colourful frogs and other freshwater species at the Central and South American exhibits.


Annika Mock

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 03, 2017, with the headline 'Poison arrow frogs make vibrant debut at S.E.A. Aquarium'. Print Edition | Subscribe