Oophaga pumilio — Strawberry Dart Frog
Some other names for this species:
Strawberry Poison-dart Frog, Blue Jeans Dart Frog
This was my mom's first trip to the tropics, and poison dart frogs were among the creatures she was most hoping to see. On the caribbean side of Costa Rica, these crazy-bright red-and-blue jewels are quite common.
Like many of the dart frogs, these little guys are active during the day if the conditions are right. Our guide Jonathan Sequeira had told us that after lunch we might see Oophaga pumilio by the big tree in front of the restaurant, and as usual he was not wrong.
At this resort, nearly every room had a resident dart frog or two. They would hang around in the mornings and early evenings just outside the rooms, awaiting the admiring visitors.
- Guyer, C., Donnelly, M. A. 2005. Amphibians and Reptiles of La Selva, Costa Rica, and the Caribbean Slope
- Leenders, T. 2001. A Guide to Amphibians and Reptiles of Costa Rica
- Savage, J. M. 2002. The Amphibians and Reptiles of Costa Rica