Frog ‘superpowers’ on display

Hop over to Discovery Place Science to explore Fantastic Frogs

Discovery Place Science

You can learn all about the “superpowers” of frogs on your next visit to Discovery Place Science thanks to the Fantastic Frogs exhibition that recently hopped into the Museum.

Fantastic Frogs includes approximately 40 live animals as well as several multimedia experiences showcasing the amazing adaptions used by frogs to escape predators, catch food and reproduce.

“This is a story about extraordinary frogs and their ability to survive,” says Discovery Place’s Sarah Macey, who helped design the exhibition. “It is a story focused on how these amphibians move, camouflage themselves, live in the winter months and more. Frogs have evolved incredible adaptations to survive over millions of years.

“We also pose a question about whether these amazing species will be able to continue to survive with the rate of human-induced climate change.”

Golden poison dart frog Phyllobates terribilis

A variety of frog species are on display, including the most poisonous amphibian (and perhaps animal!) in the world – the golden poison dart frog. Its bright coloring warns predators of its extreme toxicity, which serves as its main protection and allows the frog to have a relatively long lifespan in the wild.

The exhibition also introduces you to such species as the tomato frog, the Pacman frog, a Vietnamese mossy frog, Solomon Island Leaf frog and harlequin toad.

“The exhibition is great for giving you a sense of what frog biodiversity looks like worldwide. We’ve got species from Africa, South America, Polynesia, Asia, Australia and North America,” says Elliot Provance, director of Living Collections at Discovery Place. “Frogs are remarkable survivors and have adapted to almost every habitat on earth. That being said, amphibians are a good indicator species to tell us about the health of an ecosystem.”

The exhibition, which is free with the price of admission, is now on display.

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