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Size: Ranging from the smallest species (0.30") to the largest species (12.6")
Habitat/Range: Frogs can be found on all continents except Antarctica. Most are found in tropical forests.
IUCN Status: Threatened, Near Threatened
From the waxy monkey frog to the strawberry poison frog, you can find 12 species of frogs at Adventure Aquarium. Seventeen species are native to New Jersey!
- The golden poison frog is the largest and most lethal of the poison frogs. They are one of the species Amazonian natives use to make poison darts.
- The Amazon milk frog's coloration resembles bird poop aka excellent camouflage. It secretes a milky substance when threatened which is poisonous but not strong enough to kill a human.
- Frogs will try to eat just about anything that moves and will fit in their mouths, including insects and other small anthropods.
- The gray treefrog is camouflaged so it can blend into its environment. Frogs are food for many predators, so this is the first line of defense for many species.
- Most frogs are found in the tropical forests of the world, but there are some species that can be found in colder regions as well as deserts.
- Depending on the species, a female frog can lay anywhere from 1 to 1,000s of eggs, which she lays in a body of water. The eggs hatch into fish-like tadpoles. Hind and then front legs begin to grow. Air-breathing lungs develop and their tail starts to become absorbed. Once their lungs are fully functional, the newly-morphed froglet leaves the water as a frog.
- The Vietnamese mossy frog has extremely effective camouflage, making it very hard to find. If it is discovered by a predator, its defense is to curl up into a ball.
- The red-eyed treefrog may look adorable but it uses its red eyes to scare predators by flashing them open.
- The African bullfrog is the second largest frog in the world. Males care for their tadpoles by guarding them from predators & digging canals in between pools so that they don’t dry out in the hot African sun.
- Look closely at this male green and black poison frog. He's carrying a new tadpole on his back which he'll place into water to complete the rest of its development.
- Most frog species are nocturnal and sleep for much of the day. Pictured here is a snoozing red-eyed treefrog.
- The Gray treefrog hibernates in the winter. During this time, 80% of its body freezes, breathing and heartbeat are suspended and its eyes become opaque.