Showing posts from February, 2010

A great day to see the frogs!

It seems like the frogs in our new ' Frogs of Panama ' exhibit are getting used to their new home.  At any given moment today, we could see 8 - 10 frogs of all the kinds living in there. (There are actually 18 frogs in that display!) The Rocket frogs were singing up a storm, especially right after the 11 am misting. Marsupial frog Rocket frog Rain frog The new display is large and bright, and has a fog 'cloud' which appears several times throughout the day. This display gets a lot of attention! The Horned marsupial frogs were both out and perched near each other, and at least one of the Crowned tree frogs was in plain view sleeping all day. What I found most exciting were the Rain frogs ... there were 2 of them (There are 6 of them in there) out the whole day. These frogs are pretty secretive and it has taken them a few weeks to adjust to their new surroundings. Hopefully, this is a sign that we will be seeing more and

Splendid Leaf Frogs

Hiding in plain sight! It was a cold morning today for Valentine's Day , but we had a lot of excited guests crowded around the frog exhibits! The highlight of this week's Sunday frog feeding tour, for me, was the Splendid Leaf Frogs . They really have the life! Most of them don't even wake up for their food, which is conveniently fed to them on foreceps. Cruziohyla calcarifer , the Splendid leaf frog Unlike many frogs, these leaf frogs grasp food in their front hands and stuff it into their mouths. This can be quite dramatic, as it was today. One of the males was hanging upside-down from a leaf while rather ungracefully stuffing a cricket in its mouth. Moments later, that same frog was fast asleep—back on its leaf. I couldnt get a picture of that spectacle (I was busy with the foreceps) but here are some photos of these beautiful frogs—truly splendid. Hope to see you there next time—11 am every Saturday in the conservatory lobby!

Colombia's Terrible trio

Deadly and Beautiful Phyllobates bicolor , one of the 3 Colombian species that are lethal to humans We had an incredible turnout for the 11 am Saturday frog feeding this week! No doubt, in part, due to the opening of Orchid Daze here in the Orchid Center . There was an especially large crowd gathered around at the ' Colombia's Terrible Trio ' display, featuring some of the most toxic animals on the planet! These frogs are always hungry! One important thing to note: the frogs are HARMLESS in captivity—Though I wouldn't recommend handling one! They get their poison from their specific diet in the wild. Here at the garden they are fed an assortment of small bugs, which keeps them healthy and happy, and fortunately for us—harmless. Phyllobates terribilis We wear gloves when handling them anyway, for their protection and ours. Come and check them out, these frogs are not shy!

The New Panama Cloud Forest Exhibit

Our New 'Frogs of Panama' Exhibit is here! One of my favorite things about the new ' Frogs of Panama ' exhibit is that all of the frogs on display were bred here in our captive breeding facility. There are four types of frogs in this exhibit. First, and probably the easiest to see, is the Marsupial Frog . Then, there's the impressive Crowned or Coronated Treefrog . You may be able to see some of the Rocket Frogs enjoying the 'stream' across the bottom of the display. Then, the hardest to find (at least for me!) in the exhibit is the beautiful Robber Frog . Look for a black frog, with bright red stripes. I was able to find a few with my camera yesterday, so I am posting the pictures here—enjoy and come see for yourself! This exhibit is in the lobby of the Fuqua Conservatory , along with three other frog displays