Technicolor Frogs

July 30, 2012

The frogs of Latin America are some of nature’s most colorful creatures. But in the wild, these tiny hoppers don’t beg to be admired…instead, their vibrant skins warn would-be predators to stay away. One touch—or bite—and predators risk suffering from dangerous toxins excreted by these aposematic amphibians. The root of that big word? “Apo” means “away;” “sematic” means “sign.”