Colombia authorities recover over 200 poisonous frogs from airport bathroom

Police in Colombia's capital have recovered 216 poisonous frogs - some of which are critically endangered - from an airport bathroom shortly before authorities say they were going to be illegally trafficked for sale in Germany.

Authorities announced today they'd found the frogs hidden in small film containers inside a bag filled with clothes.

The rescued amphibians include endangered species like the dark orange and black Lehmann's poisonous frog.

The creatures can fetch 2,000 US dollars each on the illegal wildlife market.

They are sought after by collectors and others hoping to obtain their venom.

The frogs are typically found in Colombia's Choco department near the Pacific coast.

Investigators believe the amphibians were transported by land but have not yet determined who is responsible.

It’s believed the frogs, some of which were critically endangered, were heading to Germany for illegal sale. Source: Associated Press


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