Frogs mate after warm water ruse

A poison dart frog acts macho in a bid to attract a mate

A poison dart frog acts macho in a bid to attract a mate

First published in News

REGULAR ‘rainfall’ has fostered breeding for frogs living in Brighton who think the mating season has arrived early.

Male poison dart frogs at the Sea Life Centre think it is the monsoon season after staff sprinkled warm water in their enclosure to encourage mating.

Visitors to the Brighton’s seafront centre hear a noisy serenade of croaks from males trying to attract breeding partners.

Curator Carey Duckhouse said: “The females respond to the loudest, most macho singers. There’s a bit of a racket going on to be honest.”

The amphibians, native to South America, produce a toxin which Amazon tribes put on their spears as a weapon.

The captive-bred Brighton frogs are not as toxic as their wild cousins, which get their poisons by eating specific plants.

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