As an Academy of Natural Sciences Ambassador, we were invited to the media preview of this event. As always, all opinions are my own.
One of my favorite parts of homeschooling is the ability to take our lessons on the road to area exhibits and events. I love being able to incorporate hands on learning into our curriculum and it makes for a fun day out. Today we were invited out to the media preview for The Academy of Natural Sciences newest exhibit – Frogs: A Chorus of Color. There are 15 different species of frogs from around the world on display.
You’ll get up close and personal with the frogs in their recreated habitats of live plants, waterfalls and rock ledges bringing the frogs’ natural environment to life.
To celebrate Frogs, the Academy has renamed the opening month Froguary and will offer special crafts, amphibian specimen displays, and interactive activities every Saturday and Sunday in February. To learn more, visit ansp.org for details.
FROGS YOU’LL SEE:
- American Bullfrog. Bullfrogs are named for their loud, deep mating calls. They eat insects, fish, birds, snakes, baby turtles, and other frogs. Although bullfrogs are native to the eastern U.S., they have been released west of the Rocky Mountains where they have devastated local populations of frogs and other small animals.
- Tomato Frog. This brightly colored species is popular with pet owners and collectors. While many frogs are bred in captivity, over-collection of wild frogs is still a major problem, especially for frogs that live on islands or in small populations. Because of this, tomato frogs have been given priority protection by international law.
- Smooth-sided Toad. Although they have no teeth, smooth-sided toads are bold predators. They catch prey with long, sticky tongues and swallow it alive.
- Chinese Gliding Frog. These beautiful tree frogs have enlarged webbing between their toes that acts like a parachute when they leap between branches. Although no frogs can truly fly, Chinese gliding grogs can soar and land gracefully from daunting heights.
- African Clawed Frog. These bizarre frogs look like they have been flattened in a traffic accident. They stand upright underwater with forearms outstretched and wait for food. It also uses its front legs to stuff prey down its throat.
- Amazon Milk Frog. Milk frogs are named for a sticky white substance they secrete from their skins. These beautiful tree frogs often live high in the rainforest canopy and reproduce in water-filled tree holes.
- Ornate Horned Frog. These opportunistic hunters sport intricate patterns of brown, green, red, and black markings that provide camouflage against the leaf litter of a rainforest floor. They pounce on passing prey with remarkable speed and encase themselves in a thick layer of dead skin during dry season.
- Borneo Eared frog – These frogs have tubular cells, bristles, and mucus on their toe pads that allow them to stick to almost anything. They can climb trees, cling to the undersides of leaves, or even hang from branches by one toe.
- Fire-bellied Toad. These toads have warty skin, but swim and require moisture like pond frogs. When disturbed, they throw their legs into the air, revealing a bright red “fire belly” to startle their intruder.
- Long-nosed Horned Frog – These frogs have a pointed snout, projections over their eyes, and ridged veins running down their backs that help them disappear among the leaf litter of the forest floor. Long-nosed Horned Frogs lie motionless and ambush unsuspecting prey like spiders, crabs, lizards, and other frogs.
ABOUT THE EXHIBIT
“Take a giant leap into the enchanting world of frogs starting Saturday, Feb. 4, when the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University presents the interactive Frogs: A Chorus of Colors, featuring an amazing array of live frogs from around the world. From radiant blue to fiery red, frogs are among the most visually stunning, vocally pleasing and adaptively remarkable animals on earth. They live almost everywhere—from tropical forests to frozen tundra to your back yard—and they can grow as large as a human infant. One species carries enough poison to kill 10 people.”
Here’s a little video of the exhibit and some of the frogs we saw.
WIN TICKETS TO THE EXHIBIT
One lucky reader is going to win a family 4 pack of tickets to Frogs: A Chorus of Color at the Academy of Natural Sciences. To enter, simply follow the entry form below. Tickets will be mailed to the winner after the contest is over.
Frogs: A Chorus of Color runs February 4, 2017 – May 14, 2017. To learn more and purchase tickets to the event visit ansp.org