Poison dart frog is the common name of a group of
frogs in the family Dendrobatidae which are native to
Central and South America. Unlike most frogs, these
species are active during the day and often have brightly
colored bodies. Although all wild dendrobatids are at least
somewhat toxic, levels of toxicity vary considerably from
one species to the next and from one population to another.
Many species are critically endangered. These amphibians
are often called "dart frogs" due to the Amerindians'
indigenous use of their toxic secretions to poison the
tips of blowdarts.