Can frogs and toads who eat other frogs and toads get poisoned?
We know that frogs and toads will eat other frogs and toads. Many frogs and toads have toxins in their skin or just under their skin in pockets behind the eyes. These toxins are nasty enough to deter most predators, so how can they eat each other without getting poisoned?
- Cal KingLv 75 years ago
Certainly they can be poisoned. However, most frogs are only mildly poisonous. Toads and arrow poison frogs are a lot more toxic. Dogs for example have died after biting toads, without eating them. Therefore other predators, including lions, may eat frogs, such as the African bullfrog, without being poisoned. The poison of frogs and toads mainly act on the mucous membranes, causing a burning sensation and pain, so that the predators will release them after biting them. Poisons that act only by killing a predator will not save the life of the poisonous animal.
- 5 years ago
They could, but what usually happens when a species predates upon another that employs poison, they have developed an immunity or natural antidote.
The immunity is generally specific though. It can be for one species only or it can be for a whole sub-group of toxins. For example they may have developed immunity to neuro-toxin, but not to hemo-toxin.
- Dawn MLv 75 years ago