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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!

Because they are amphibians, most frogs can be found near a body of water. It is essential for frogs to find water in order to reproduce. Even frogs that live in the desert must find water in order for this to happen. If frogs aren't near a body of water, they can also be found high in trees, in the leaf litter of the forest floor and even burrowed under the ground.
Frogs will try to eat just about anything that moves and will fit in their mouths including insects and other small arthropods. Some frog species, such as the American bullfrog, will prey on small birds and mammals. A frog’s diet depends on the age of the frog and the weather of their habitat. Young frogs need to eat constantly because they are growing. As for adults, they only need to eat a few times a week. For adults, the amount they eat reflects on the ambient temperature of where they live. For example, if it is cold they would not need to eat as much as when it is warm because their metabolism would be slower.

#AAQFeaturedCreature Facts

  • 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.