Each month we will highlight one of our popular animals or species, aka our #AAQFeaturedCreature. On our Facebook and website, we will take a “deeper dive” into each animal by sharing interesting, fun facts about that animal or species.
The Argentine horned frog rarely moves. They hide on the forest floor, partially covered with leaves, waiting for a potential meal to scurry by. Horned frogs have a voracious appetite and will eat anything that can fit into its mouth, including snakes, mice, birds and other frogs.
The blacknose shark is a small, slender shark characterized by the black or dusky spot under the tip of its rather long, rounded snout. The spot is most conspicuous when it is young, becoming less obvious as it matures.
The blacktip shark gets its name from its distinctive black markings on the tips of its fins. Although it is found worldwide, it is one of the most common sharks found inshore off the coast of Florida.
Clownfish are famous for their symbiotic relationship with anemones. Anemones, related to jellyfish, have the ability to sting animals that touch their tentacles. However, clownfish have protective slime that covers their bodies so that the anemones do not sting them.
Adventure Aquarium has the distinction of being the only aquarium in the United States with a great hammerhead shark on exhibit. Although there are nine different species of hammerhead shark in the world, the great hammerhead is the biggest.
Visit Frog Alley in KidZone, Zone C to come face to face with a variety of interesting amphibian species, including Amazon milk frogs. The name "milk frog" comes from the poisonous white secretion this frog produces when threatened.
The sandbar shark, also known as the brown shark, is one of the biggest coastal sharks in the world. It is the most common shark species swimming along the mid-Atlantic coast. Its most distinguishing characteristic is a taller than average first dorsal fin.
The silky shark is named for the smooth texture of its skin, which is made up of densely packed scales called dermal denticles. It is one of the most abundant sharks and can be found in tropical waters around the world.
Nicknamed "lagoon jellies" because of their natural lagoon, bay and harbor habitats in the South Pacific, the distinctive spotted jelly has a rounded, greenish-brown bell and four clumps of club-like appendages - known as oral arms.
Frog Alley in KidZone (Zone C) is also home to the texturized and fascinating Vietnamese mossy frog! The mossy frog's red, green and black coloration along with uneven, bumpy texture enables it to blend in among mosses and lichens within its habitat.