Amazon’s Poisonous Frog

This is a photo of a frog not the frog in question
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The Tree frog is one of the most poisonous amphibians in the world and can be found in the amazon forest. Scientists reckon that if you touch the back of this frog it could paralyse your whole arm and if you have a weak heart, say someone with a heart disease were to come in contact with the back of this frog it could result in death within a few minutes.

Now I’d like you to braze yourselves for a shocker, you ready? Here it comes, did you know that it is possible to buy one of this Amazon tree Frog in a local pet? Yes it is! shall we give ourselves a minute to just ponder over this and let all those questions mostly in relation to “why” just run wild for a while?.

Firstly, Can I just say we would all be well within our rights to wonder why any government would allow such a sale, worse still to any member of public who could afford it and, why on earth is there no vetting process in place for safeguarding purposes.

Let me put you all out of your misery. The simple answer to all that puzzling thoughts is, the ones you can buy in your local pet shops are not as poisonous as the ones that can be found in the Amazons. They are in fact NOT poisonous at all.

I am no reader of minds but in this instance I could be accurate in saying your next question probably is, “why is that so?” Well it is so because of the environment and by the environment I mean “Food”. You probably heard the saying: “You are what you eat”, in relation to food adverts on television, and Phrases like “food for thought?”

The same exact specie eat insects and those insects in the wild contained in the frog’s diet is what gives them the poisonous element on their skin, in direct contrast that can be bought in your local pet shop do not have access to these sort of dietary content and therefore has lost the ability to develop the poisonous skins as their amazonian counterpart.

In the following article I am going to be talking about 2 aspects of the Amazon Tree Frog that is relatable to human behaviour. 1. Is there a link between our diet and our well being, physical and mental health? 2. Is there a lesson to be learnt as regards what we feed our hearts and minds on?