Bristol aquarium takes in poisonous bumblebee frogs
BRISTOL Aquarium is looking after a quartet of potentially deadly "bumblebees".
The bumblebees in question are actually a type of South American poison dart frog which are part of a captive breeding programme at the Blue Planet Aquarium in Cheshire.
The tiny amphibians are settling in to their new home at the Harbourside wildlife attraction where keepers are hoping they will help to create a satellite breeding population for the species.
Bristol Aquarium curator Dan de Castro said: "Although they are really small, these frogs are potentially highly dangerous.
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"They get their name from the beautiful markings which resemble those of a bee and make them one of the most colourful of the poison dart frogs. We have put them on display in our themed Amazon area alongside a selection of other South American amphibians, reptiles and insects.
"If all goes well we hope they will begin to breed later this year."
The bumblebee frog ranges from just one to five centimetres long.
Their brightly-coloured bodies act as a warning to potential predators.