Frog of the Week: Cane Toad

Meet our awesome new Frog of the Week: the Cane toad! Commonly known as the Giant or Marine toad, this amphibian is one of the largest toads in North America, capable of reaching average lengths of 7 inches!

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Cane Toads can be found naturally from the Amazon River Basin of South America to the Rio Grande Valley in Texas, and they are generally found near water but can also be found around houses and in gardens. Ambush hunters, they mostly feed at night- especially when it’s humid outside, and hide by day under rocks, burrows and other objects.

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Cool Facts:

  • The call of a Cane toad is a low-pitched rattling trill that lasts about 4-6 seconds. A larger Cane Toad will have a noticeably deeper and more resonant sound than a smaller one. Almost like an old one-cylinder engine puttering in the distance!
  • Cane toads were originally introduced in warmer regions of the world to control sugar cane beetles. They adapted so well they are now considered pests, threatening the survival of native species.
  • These toads secrete a poison from their large paratoid glands behind their ears – a poison so potent that it can kill pets that attempt to eat them!

Meet Adventure Aquarium’s Cane Toads in KidZone (Zone C) during Frogs: Nature’s Messenger, now through April 27.

Frog of the Week: Vietnamese Mossy Frog

We talk about frogs being the ultimate masters of disguise, and they just don’t get much cooler than today’s Frog of the Week: the Vietnamese Mossy frog. It has been said that the Mossy frog has the most elaborate camouflage in the animal kingdom. One look at this fascinating species, it’s easy to see why!

The ultimate 'master of disguise' - the Vietnamese Mossy frog

The ultimate ‘master of disguise’ – the Vietnamese Mossy frog

Native to rivers and streams of northern Vietnam, these amphibians are known for having black, red and green colorations along with an uneven, bumpy texture that enables them to essentially disappear into the background of their natural forest habitats; therefore keeping them safe from predators. Adding to their impressive camouflage? When frightened, they will roll into a ball and play dead. This formation allows them to look like a clump of moss instead of an edible frog!

The Mossy frog's camouflage is one of the most elaborate in the animal kingdom.

The Mossy frog’s camouflage is one of the most elaborate in the animal kingdom.

As with most Tree frog species, the females will grow larger than the males and can reach sizes of 2.5 – 3.5 inches.  The sticky discs at the end of each toe makes them skillful tree climbers, and their large, bright eyes give them a broad range of vision.

Come face-to-face with Mossy frogs, on exhibit during Frogs: Nature’s Messenger, now through April 27 at Adventure Aquarium.

FROG OF THE WEEK: Amazon Milk Frog

Meet today’s “Frog of the Week,” the beautiful Amazon Milk frog!

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Trachycephalus resinifictrix can be identified by its light gray coloring and brown and black banding, with juveniles showing a stronger contrast in colors vs. adults, whose colors fade as they mature.

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Like most frogs, male Milk frogs are smaller than females. In addition, Milk Frogs have developed sticky pads on their toes that aid them in climbing on leaves and trees.

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The milk frog gets its name from the “milky” white fluid it secretes for protection when stressed or threatened. This medium-sized frog (between 2-4 inches) is most active at night and is known for its loud vocalizations.

Meet our Amazon Milk frogs up close in KidZone during Frogs: Nature’s Messenger, now through April 27.

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Frog of the Week: African Bullfrog

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This week’s Frog of the Week throws the spotlight on one of the larger amphibian species being featured during Frogs: Nature’s Messenger. Known as an African bullfrog (Pyxicephalus adspersus), this big guys is – believe it or not – nicknamed the “pixie” frog thanks to its Latin name!

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Native to Angola, Botswana, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Nambia and South Africa and is typically found in savannas, subtropical or tropical dry shrubland and freshwater lakes and marshes, this large frog is known to reach average weights of 3 – 4 pounds and 5 – 9.5 inches.

African bullfrogs are considered carnivorous and voracious eaters. They stay underground when it is too dry and hot, but during the rainy season they come to the surface and eat everything and anything, including their own species!

Look for African Bullfrogs, on exhibit in Zone A during Frogs: Nature’s Messenger, at Adventure Aquarium now through April 27.

 

Frog of the Week: Fire-Bellied Toad

Our newest exhibit, Frogs: Nature’s Messenger, features a variety of colorful, quirky (and just plain weird!) amphibian species from around the world. Today’s Frog of the Week happens to be a particularly exotic one. Meet the very bold, and very beautiful Oriental Fire-Bellied Toad.

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This brilliant amphibian is a relatively small (2 inches) semi-aquatic frog species native to Korea, north-eastern China and adjacent parts of Russia.

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Typically bright green with black spots on their dorsal region, they get their distinctive name from their bright yellow to reddish-orange stomach area.

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Although typically referred to as a toad, the fire-bellied toad is not a member of the true toad family, but rather is frog.It’s “toad” alias comes from its spattering of tubercles or bumps across its dorsal side.

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The fire-bellied toad is semi-aquatic, inhabiting warm, humid forested regions, where they spend most of their time on land.

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Spot this frog in Zone A during your visit to Frogs: Nature’s Messenger, open for a limited time now through April 27,