Rainforest Frogs (Grade 9)
One type of frog is known as the poison dart tree frog. As harmless as it looks, it carries an invisible weapon. Its skin is coated in a thin layer of toxic poison, so one bite or lick, and either the predator will die, or run off, determined never to try that meal again. Natives in the rainforest capture these little frogs and rub the ends of their hunting darts across their skin, creating a lethal weapon.
The other type of frog is the red-eyed tree frog. It looks a great deal like the poison dart frog, but the way it protects itself from predators is much different. Its back is a shade of green that allows it to merge with the rainforest around it, and when it is sleeping, it pulls its legs underneath it and closes its eyes. When a predator comes too close, the frog throws out its brightly colored legs in shades of bright blue, green, orange and yellow, and opens its bright red eyes as big as it can. The colors often scare away any predator, at least long enough for the little frog to leap to safety.
- They are both dangerous to predators.
- They both help the local natives.
- They both are very small and colorful.
- They both have startling eyes.
- How they protect themselves
- Where they usually live
- What kind of food they eat
- When they wake up to hunt
- Their size
- Their location
- Their eyees
- Their colors