Painted poison frogs tap their toes most when standing on leaves in their natural habitat.

Sarah Westrick

Poison frogs have a strange habit of snapping their toes, and scientists have finally discovered why – to create vibrations that startle unsuspecting prey.

Colorful and highly poisonous poison dart frogs live in warm, moist habitats, such as rainforests and swamps, in Central and South America.

A common behavior of these animals is toe tapping. Previous studies have suggested that It may be associated with feeding on yellow-striped poison frogs. (Dendrobates truncata).