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Conservation Update: Flatwoods salamanders are reaching metamorphosis

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Some of the Reticulated flatwoods salamanders have begun metamorphosing! As their gills and tail fins resorb to reveal their terrestrial adult condition, the distinctive lateral stripes present on the larvae fade and is replaced with a metallic grey wash color, that at times appears blue.

Dante was able to get these amazing shots of our first metamorphs





A New Frog on Exhibit: The Mimic Poison Frog

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Easily one of the smallest frogs we have on exhibit, The Mimic poison frog is called a 'thumbnail' species due to its diminutive size. These frogs are not shy, and I have been able to spot 2-3 of the five at most times throughout the day. They are a very active species, and were dazzling interested visitors all day as they were getting to know the exhibit and staking out territories. At least, that's how it seemed to me.



Species Highlight: Lemur leaf frog

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Species Highlight: Crowned tree frog

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Anotheca spinosa, the Crowned tree frog is one of the species originally collected in Panama by Garden and Zoo Atlanta staff in 2005, when Panamanian amphibian species were being threatened by a fungal outbreak in the region. This fungus, Bd or 'chytrid' ultimately did inoculate the area causing widespread frog death across many species. Chytrid inhibits the animal's ability to respire.