The Little Devil by KenG ()
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A first look (and test render) of my Ecuador Poison Dart Frog. This is really, really small frog measuring only about 20-25mm (0.8-1 inch) from snout to rump. The frog, as you would expect, is found in Ecuador, as well as parts of Columbia and Peru. This frog is also called the ‘Little Devil’ and is moderately toxic (as far as Poison Dart frogs goes). The alkaloid toxins, secreted from the frogs' skin, interfere with nerve impulses which can lead to heart failure or fibrillation.
The Ecuador Poison Dart Frog is about average in its toxicity for the family of the 170+ Poison Dart frogs. Some frogs on the lower end of the scale, simply cause pain, stiffness and cramping and that wears off in 3-4 hours. One of the most deadly is the Golden Poison Dart Frog. An average wild Golden Poison Dart frog is generally estimated to contain about one milligram of poison, which is enough to kill about 10,000 mice or between 10 to 20 humans or up to two African bull elephant. The poison from this frog is what the Choco Emberá people use to tip their poison blow darts.
These dart frogs are hugely important to medical research. The toxins on their skin has produced medicines to fight HIV, Alzheimer’s, Cancer and produces painkiller x200 more powerful than opioids without the addictive properties, just to name just few breakthroughs due to these frogs...
The interesting thing about all Poison Dart frogs is that deprived their normal food sources, they become non-toxic and are sold as pets. The poison they create comes from primarily eating ants.
Rendered in Firefly without any postwork. Models include my Big Cypress Habitat (Bromeliad), NW's Frogs (base model) and my wip Frogs of the World Volume 2: Poison Dart Frogs.
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curare, alloferin, succinyl choline and other muscle paralyzing substances come to mind. Altered, these serve the purpose of relaxing muscle during surgery. An antidote which out-competes the substance is given to neutralize it before the patient wakes up. Nice exposé on the frogs and different poisons. Good render of one of these little beasties! Keep up the good work! :-)
Cute little guy... I can tell you put a lot of work in modeling and texturing this 3D froggy. I have a toad somewhere in my backyard, I see it in the evening mostly and a lot of ants on the patio deck... so I guess that's a deadly combination, you gotta keep em separated. Fantastic work!