Poison Dart Frogs Nabbed at Ben Gurion

YERUSHALAYIM -
Two frogs of the Dendrobates auratus species, also known as the green-and-black poison dart frog, in a container after they were confiscated at Ben Gurion Airport this week. (Flash90)
Two frogs of the Dendrobates auratus species, also known as the green-and-black poison dart frog, in a container after they were confiscated at Ben Gurion Airport this week. (Flash90)

Customs inspectors at Ben Gurion Airport nabbed a poison dart frog smuggler earlier this week, Arutz Sheva reported.

Acting on a tip, the aiport officials seized a cache of some 30 small, colorful, and deadly specimens of the Dendrobatidae species.

If released into the environment, the frogs could cause mayhem since they would quickly multiply and decimate local varieties of amphibians, fish, and plants.

The smuggler, along with an accomplice, were arrested before they could leave the customs inspection area, and the frogs were confiscated.

Information from Interpol and other international agencies led to the pair’s arrest. While they are not expected to be charged with terrorist activity, police say that in the wrong hands, the frogs could have been used in an ecoterror attack. The suspects came to Israel from the Netherlands.

The frogs are tiny even when fully grown; many are 1.5 centimeters in length, although some can reach six centimeters. They are exotic and colorful, much in demand by collectors. In Europe, they are sold for between 50 and 120 euros each.