Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Welcome to the aquarium Amazon milk frog!

Give a warm welcome to the newest additions to the NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher’s dart frog exhibit, three Phrynohyas resinifictrix. These exotic amphibians are commonly known as Amazon milk frogs. The Amazon milk frog is a large species of arboreal frog that was originally discovered in Brazil, and is mainly found in South America. Their habitats are located in humid rainforest regions. They especially love slow moving water. They are rather large in size, and are generally a light grey color with black or brown banding in adolescents. Here are a few interesting facts about the new arrivals.

· As the frogs mature their colors transform, and their skin becomes bumpy

· They breed only in holes in large trees

· They are called milk frogs due to the poisonous, white, milky secretion that they may emit when threatened

Next time you are walking around the aquarium, be sure to stop by the dart frog exhibit and see the fresh faces of the Amazon milk frogs.
*Special thanks to Ginger Black for the photo

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