Frogs: A Chorus of Colors at the Academy of Natural Sciences

The Academy of Natural Sciences' Frogs: A Chorus of Colors runs Feb. 4-May 14.

When you picture a frog, the first things that come to mind are probably earthy tones, their distinctive calls and impressively springy legs. While all this is true, these amphibians are incredibly eclectic. The Academy of Natural Sciences’ new exhibit, Frogs: A Chorus of Colors (Feb. 4-May 14), aims to showcase the creatures’ diversity via informative displays and, of course, plenty of live frogs in action.

““If you’ve never considered frogs as beautiful, this exhibition will change your mind,” says Senior Exhibits Director Jennifer Sontchi. “Whether you think frogs are funny or bizarre, cute or ugly, you’ll have fun watching them hop and jump around and even listening to them sing.”

You’ll find the frogs — 15 species from around the world — lounging, hopping or just going about their daily lives in recreated habitats of live plants, waterfalls and rock ledges.

A sampling of the critters visitors will meet: the fiery red tomato frog, which uses an unusual adaptation to fend off predators; a Mexican dumpy frog with sticky toes that can latch onto irregular surfaces; and a smooth-sided toad that engaged us in a game of hide-and-seek as it blended into a tree.

February, dubbed “Froguary” by the museum, will feature weekend events to  celebrate the exhibit. Families can enjoy themed crafts, specimen displays and interactive activities.

While you’ explore the exhibit, the Academy’s President George W. Gephart Jr. poses a challenge: “Try to find every frog here. It’s no easy task.”

For tickets and more information, visit the venue's website.

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