What happens if you touch a poison dart frog?



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    Poison dart frogs secrete poison from their skin, however it is thought that dart frogs raised in captivity do not retain their toxicity, as it is gained from foods that they eat in the wild (including various insects). The toxicity of their poison also depends on the species, so some are more dangerous than other. But in any event, the secretions cannot usually penetrate unbroken human skin; the problem comes with if you have a cut or wound and the secretions are able to get into your blood stream. So probably nothing would happen if you touch a dart frog with a healthy hand, but it is still a risk.  The skin of the poison Golden Dart Frog contains enough of the alkaloid chemical Batrachotoxin to kill 20,000 mice, which is between 8-100 adult human according to different research.

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