Thursday, April 07, 2005


Killer frogs land in Portsmouth, sez the Guardian:
Less than 5cm long, the Colombian golden poison frog hardly looks like a killer. But it is among the deadliest of land creatures, secreting a poison that can kill humans within 30 minutes.

Staff at the Blue Reef Aquarium in Southsea, Portsmouth, which received four of the 2in-long frogs this week, enter the isolated quarantine block only when wearing goggles and gloves.

The aquarium plans to breed Phyllobates terribilis so that they do not have to be captured in their shrinking habitat in the Chaco rainforest region of west Colombia, whose tribes poison their darts by wiping them on the frogs' backs.

If I were an MP, I wouldn't be trying to cut Blue Reef's funding any time soon...


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