Lehmann's Poison Frog
Scientific Name: Oophaga lehmanni
IUCN Status: Critically Endangered
Population estimate: On the brink of extinction
Region: The entire wild population of Lehmann's Poison Frog lives in two
small locations in Columbia together equaling roughly four square
miles in size.
Habitat: Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests and subtropical or tropical moist montane forests.
Greatest threats to its continuation: Amphibians like the Lehmann's Poison Frog are at risk from a lethal cocktail of threats that include loss and degradation of habitat, disease, climate change and pollution.
Did you know?
The Lehmann's Poison Frog’s bright color bands (red, orange or yellow) warn potential predators that it is highly poisonous. Like other poison dart frogs, the toxins in its skin may derive from precursor moleclues in the ants that it eats.
Lehmann's Poison Frogs live mostly on the ground in submontane tropical rainforests, but they can also be found perching on leaves up to 60cm above ground.
Lehmann's Poison Frogs are not found in heavily degraded areas, but do occur in mature secondary forest.
The eggs of the Lehmann's Poison Frog are laid on the ground, and the tadpoles are carried on the backs of the females to bromeliads, where they develop. The females feed the tadpoles on unfertilized eggs.
Declines in amphibian populations, including population crashes and mass localized extinctions have been noted since the 1980s from locations all over the world.
One in three of the world's amphibians are on the International Union for Conservation of Nature's (ICUN) red list of endangered species.
Stemming the decline and extinction of amphibian species will require targeting the number one threat: the continued loss and degradation of their habitat.
Through the sales of SpeeZees Lehmann's Poison Frog tees, the Amphibian Specialist Group has partnered with Columbia en Hechos, a Columbian conservation group now able to start an education program to help save this species.