For World Frog Day today we wanted to introduce some of the amphibians you can find at the Aquarium. Some you can meet during our Live Animal Presentations (LAP), others are on exhibit. All are extremely handsome and photogenic.

Argentine horned frog (Ceratophrys ornata)

  • When fully grown (females at 6”) can eat birds, rodents, or snakes-something as big as themselves. At the Aquarium, Pacman eats crickets, mealworms, or the occasional mouse.
  • This species has short legs and squat bodies, so spend a lot of time half-buried in the soil.
  • In the wild, these frogs live in the forests and plains of Central and South America.
  • In human care, they can live for 15 years. This is definitely something to consider when thinking about these animals as pets as they are popular in the pet trade.
Argentine horned frog
Pacman is an Argentine horned frog you can meet during Live Animal Presentations.
Argentine horned frog
Argentine horned frogs spend a lot of time half-buried in the ground.
an x-ray of an Argentine horned frog
X-ray of an Argentine horned frog: Like all our residents, LAP animals get regular checkups and top-notch medical care.

Cane toad (Rhinella marina)

  • One of the largest toad/frog species in the world
  • Has rough, bumpy skin to keep moisture trapped in his body
  • Native to Central and South America, but invasive to Hawaii and Australia, where they were introduced to help with a beetle infestation that threatened sugarcane. They have since done more harm than good, though scientists are using them to develop a better understanding of how invasives can change an ecosystem.
  • They eat whatever they can swallow. In the wild, it’s carrion, insects such as beetles, honeybees, ants, and crickets. Michael eats earthworms, crickets, waxworms, and the occasional mouse.
  • Like other toads, produces a noxious, nasty tasting poison in glands on his head.
cane toad
This is Michael the cane toad. Visitors can meet him during Live Animal Presentations.
cane toad
Cane toads have rough, bumpy skin to keep moisture trapped in their bodies. The dollar bill is there for scale, Michael is not for sale!
live animal presentation about cane toad
Visitors can meet frogs like Pacman and toads like Michael during Live Animal Presentations in our Blue Planet Action Center.

Poison dart frogs (family Dendrobatidae)

  • The species showcased are found throughout the rainforests and humid lowlands of South America, including places such as Brazil, French Guiana, Venezuela, and Colombia.
  • Most species of poison dart frogs are small. In our exhibit, the adult frogs are only a few centimeters long.
  • To make it seem like home, the exhibit has live plants, “rain,” and a constantly running water feature to keep it nice and humid.
  • Our poison dart frogs eat fruit flies, not the toxic insects they normally eat in the wild, so actually they’re not poisonous.
  • Scientists have made synthetic versions of the toxins that show promise as painkillers, muscle relaxants, and heart stimulants. So there are lots to learn from these species!
yellow and black poison dart frog
The poison dart frogs are on display in the Amazon Rainforest exhibits.
several colorful poison dart frogs
There are several species of dart frog in the exhibit. See if you can find them!