A poison dart frog was a kind of red-and-black frogs native in the Caribbean, most notably the island where the Fountain of Youth was located. These frogs were known to be very poisonous, as just a scratch or touch to a skin could kill a person in minutes.
During the quest for the Fountain of Youth, Hector Barbossa and his crew journeyed through dark jungles. At some point in their journey, Barbossa started collecting a jar-full of poisonous frogs. While the crew made their way through the thick jungle, Barbossa noticed a frog on Joshamee Gibbs' shoulder and warned him not to let it touch his skin as he grabbed it and added it to his collection. As the crew continued on, Barbossa glared at his collection in admiration in using them for his purposes.
These frogs were captured by Barbossa so that he could use their poison to make his sword deadly. Barbossa revealed to Jack Sparrow of what he did with his sword, saying that a man could die within minutes with just a scratch. The poison from the frogs proved very effective when Barbossa later used it against Blackbeard at the Fountain of Youth, cutting his hand and stabbing him in the stomach.
It is unknown if these frogs were uninhabited from the island after Barbossa's use for them.
Behind the scenes
- For On Stranger Tides, the poison dart frogs were computer-generated with the work done by Industrial Light & Magic.
- The scene where Hector Barbossa added a frog from Joshamee Gibbs' shoulder to his collection was filmed at the second day of shooting for On Stranger Tides.
- In On Stranger Tides, Barbossa referred these frogs as "toads". However, as in the screenplay, these creatures were described as dart frogs. The film's visual guide said that Barbossa was "frog-collecting".
- In LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean: The Video Game, Hector Barbossa never poisoned his sword. He only used the poison dart frog itself.
- Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (First appearance)
- LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean: The Video Game (Non-canonical appearance)
- Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
- Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides: The Visual Guide