Frogs! A Chorus of Colors
Jan. 28-Sept. 4, 2017 | $8.50 adults, $7.50 Fla. residents and seniors, $5 ages 3-17 and free for Museum members and UF students with a valid Gator 1 card
Welcome to the colorful world of anurans—commonly known as frogs and toads. This interactive exhibition features fascinating living frogs, each adapted ingeniously for survival in locations around the world. Experience some of the most visually stunning, vocally pleasing and remarkably adaptable life forms on earth. Search for hidden frogs, activate calls and perform a virtual dissection in this hands-on, minds-on adventure allowing visitors to discover the important role frogs play—including serving as indicators for the health of our environment.
- Visitors may get eyeball-to-eyeball with frogs from around the world including delicate tree frogs, pudgy bullfrogs, bizarre horned frogs, giant toads and elegant poison dart frogs. Some of the live species on display include the African bullfrog, Amazon milk frog, fire-bellied toad, bumblebee poison frog, Ornate horned frog and the Borneo eared frog.
- Hands-on, minds-on interactives allow guest to examine the stages of metamorphosis, spin a zoetrope to learn how frogs jump and perform a virtual frog dissection. Check out the skeleton of the world’s largest frog in the “Frog Frame,” try to guess the differences between frogs and toads in “Frog or Toad?” and activate recorded frog calls in “Create a Chorus.”
- The exhibit explores all aspects of frogs: their biology, natural history and role in human cultures. Guests will learn about frogs’ importance to ecosystems and the peril they face in a changing environment.
- View spectacular close-up photographs by renowned wildlife photographers Joe and Mary Ann McDonald, John Netherton, Michael and Patricia Fogden and others. These stunning images offer a glimpse of the vast pallet of frog diversity.
Did You Know?
- The goliath frog of West Africa is the world’s largest frog. It can grow up to 15 inches and weigh up to 7 pounds — about the size of a newborn human!
- There are more than 6,700 species of frogs, but scientists continue to discover new ones every year.
- Frogs do not drink. Instead, they absorb all water through their skin.
- Frogs shed! Most shed the outer layer of skin by twisting and stretching. They often eat the dead skin as it comes off!
- Some frogs can lay up to 30,000 eggs at a time.
- Poison dart frogs from the rain forests of the Americas come in an array of colors and patterns. Some are used by native tribes to poison the tips of blow darts for hunting.
- The long-nosed horn frog uses its pointed snout, projections over its eyes and ridged “veins” on its back to mimic a leaf.
- Although they have no teeth, smooth-sided toads are bold predators. They use their long, sticky tongues to catch prey and swallow it alive.
- Most frogs begin life as fish-like tadpoles. Tadpoles later sprout legs and lose their tails during a change called metamorphosis.
- The African bullfrog can grow up to 8 inches in diameter and live for 40 years!