March 20th is World Frog Day!
Did you know our NatureWorks exhibit is home to several different species of frogs? For instance, Frogzilla (pictured above), an invasive Cuban Tree Frog is just one of many frogs you can meet and learn about in NatureWorks.
In celebration of these hoppy creatures, here are 10 ribbiting facts about frogs!
- American Bullfrogs can leap up to six feet!
- In the wild, a Poison dart frog’s toxin is created from their diet.
- Smokey jungle frogs can make a variety of different calls depending on their mood. They make a melodic sound when courting, but when threatened they will make a loud scream to distract predators.
- Unlike many species of frogs, Lemur frogs can bask in the sun for extended periods without drying out.
- Amazon milk frogs are named for the poisonous, milky-white fluid that they secret when threatened.
- Though the Golden poison dart frog is deadly if eaten, its natural predator, the Fire-bellied snake, has developed a resistance to the frog’s poison.
- Despite their name, Canyon tree frogs prefer to perch on boulders and rocks close to water rather than trees.
- American bullfrogs are the largest of all North American frogs. They can grow to be eight inches long and can weigh up to one and a half pounds.
- Lemur frogs can change color! When they are active, mostly at night, their upper parts turn brown. When they are resting, they turn green to blend in with the leaves that they sleep on.
- Milk frogs are some of the best climbers in the Amazon. They use their specially adapted toe pads to cling to branches.
Be sure to stop by and say hello to Frogzilla and all the other wonderful creatures that live in NatureWorks on your next visit to Orlando Science Center!