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This frog's colorful appearance is a warning.

Poison Dart Frog

Posted April 18, 2013. Photo by Sean Anderson/ABQ BioPark.

At the center of the Amphibians: Life on a Limb exhibit, poison dart frogs display incredible coloration. But these colors aren't just for show. Their bright appearance warns predators that eating dart frogs could be fatal.

Poison dart frogs (Dendrobates tinctorius pictured) thrive in the lush, humid rainforests of Central and South America. Dart frogs are small, ranging from 1.5 to 6 centimeters in length. There are more than 120 known species of poison dart frogs in the world today.

The Zoo's amphibian exhibit gets a little more colorful this week. A mosaic mural will be installed on Friday. With artwork from more than 7,000 school children, it highlights the importance of cooperation and teamwork in conserving the thousands of amphibian species that are threatened by extinction. Come see the new mosaic this Earth Day weekend. Single admission tickets will be half-price on Saturday and Sunday.

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