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The Arthur Ross Terrace will be closed this morning, Tuesday, October 21, for a private cultural observance. You many observe smoke and/or fire coming from the Terrace at that time. The FDNY has been notified in advance, and all safety precautions are in place. The Terrace will reopen at 1 pm.

Dart Poison

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 © Taran Grant/AMNH

Golden Poison Frog, Phyllobates terribilis: The golden poison frog is found in moist tropical rain forests. They lay eggs on land, and when the tadpoles hatch, the male carries them on his back to a larger area of water where they will complete their metamorphosis.

The Emberá Chocó, an indigenous people of western Colombia, rely on three local and highly toxic frog species to poison their blow darts. Hunters rub handmade darts along the backs of the frogs; scientists report that a single Phyllobates terribilis frog can supply enough toxin to taint 30 to 50 darts, which stay potent for roughly a year. The Emberá typically use their blowguns for hunting, but in the past may have also used them in warfare.

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