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Old 05-09-2011, 07:56 AM
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Default Toe vibrating in Poison Dart Frogs?

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I understand this is a typical behavior in the frogs, but can someone explain its purpose and tell me some more about it? Also, is there a scientific term for the tapping/twitching/vibrating that the toe's do? Thanks
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Old 05-09-2011, 08:16 AM
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I'm not sure exactly, but it only seemed to happen with mine when they were hunting. Maybe some kind of lure?
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Old 06-09-2011, 09:58 AM
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No one's really sure; in vertebrate eating amphibs like horned frogs etc they reckon it's for attracting other frogs and lizards (where it's called 'pedal luring'!) like Sam said. Cane toads supposedly do it only when they see other toads. Some other guys (forgot their names) reckon insect eating frogs like darts do it to cause vibrations in the substrate which makes the insects move and more easily seen.
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