Dyeing Poison Frog

Dyeing Poison Frog

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Caption: Dendrobates tinctorius is called the dyeing poison frog owing to the fact that at one time it was believed that Indians used the toxins from the frogs to change the colours of parrot feathers. The theorized practice entailed stripping parrots of their green feathers. Skin toxins from the frogs were then rubbed on the bird’s skin. The feathers that grew back would allegedly be a different, bright red colour. No substantial evidence has been provided for this process, known as tapirage. The species is found through the Guianas and adjacent Brazil. It is a polymorphic species with dozens of colours and patterns.

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