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Most poisonous animal – Explain Stuff Fact of the day

The most poisonous animal in the world is the Golden Poison Frog (also called the Golden Dart Frog), followed by the Fugu pufferfish. The Golden Poison Frog’s Latin species name is Phyllobates terribilis. Living up to its title of the world’s most poisonous animal, the Golden Poison Frog is so lethal that mice and dogs have been known to die from walking on a paper towel previously touched by the frog. The Golden Poison Frog does not generate its poison itself, but gets it from consuming beetles of the family Melyridae. It is currently unknown whether these beetles are actually more poisonous than the frog that consumes them, but they may actually deserve the title of world’s most poisonous animal.

Most poisonous animal in the world
A single Golden Poison Frog contains enough poison to kill 10-20 adult humans, while the pufferfish has enough poison to kill around 30 humans. The Golden Poison Frog is considered more poisonous because its poison is several times more lethal by weight. Both poisons are more than 1200 times deadlier than cyanide . The Golden Poison Frog is found on the Pacific coast of Columbia, while the fugu pufferfish is cosmopolitan.

Being the most poisonous animal, the Golden Poison Frog has an interesting relationship with humans, as does the fugu pufferfish. The Golden Poison Frog is the main source used by Columbian natives to create poison darts. The frog is captured between sticks, then held near a fire. Under stress, the frog begins releasing poison profusely as small drops which leak from its skin. These drops are put on the head of poison darts or arrows, then used to hunt prey. Poisoned thus, these darts can bring down just about anything.

The fugu pufferfish’s relationship with humans consists of being considered a sushi delicacy in Japan. Certain specific parts of the fugu are not poisonous, and can be extracted and included in a sushi dish by an experienced chef. If the chef messes up in his cuts, the patron dies. Several people die every year from this. However, tiny amounts of the poison cause the gourmet to experience a unique tingling sensation on the tongue.

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2 comments

  1. Brenda

    wow!! A frog?? I thought it could be a snake or some thing else…but who might have taken a guess that it is a frog!!
    Thanks for this…. I’ll now make sure to not go anywhere near frogs….gosh

  2. Ken

    How crazy is that. Usually outside of the US, very small animals are dangerous. Inside the US, the most dangerous animal is the Domesticus Governus Creatus….also known as the US Politician.

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