A group of deadly amphibians will be on display at Stratford Butterfly Farm this October. The golden poison dart frogs – or Phyllobates Terribilis – are so lethal the 1 milligram of poison they each carry is strong enough to kill up to 20 people!
Poison dart frogs are native to the rainforests of the Pacific coast of Columbia and indigenous hunters would dip their blow darts into secreted poison, which is where the frogs get their name.
Throughout half term week (21 – 29 October), visitors can also discover some of the less poisonous creatures at the farm during the popular ‘Meet the Minibeast’ handling sessions. Taking place twice a day in the Discovery Zone, and under the supervision of the Education Team, visitors are invited to hold a variety of stick insects, African land snails, giant millipedes and even Madagascan cockroaches.
There will also be an opportunity to get up close to the tailless whip scorpion, which originates from Central Africa. Although completely harmless and with no venomous tail, the whip scorpion can only be handled by the Education Team as it moves very quickly!
To see hundreds of spectacular butterflies, insects, reptiles and spiders visit the Butterfly Farm from 10am to 5:30pm every day of the week. For more information visit the website at www.butterflyfarm.co.uk or telephone on 01789 299288.