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Don’t Eat That Tomato

Don’t Eat That Tomato

We went exploring in the forest last night. We were looking for a brightly colored frog. It’s been a while since we went on the hunt for amphibians, so it was a treat to find these guys. They weren’t hard to find, since it’s still frog breeding season and these little chippers are loud!

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Date: 3/13

Location: Madagascar

Tomato Frog Fun Facts:

  • Tomato frogs are bright orange or red.
  • They are brightly colored to warn predators that they are toxic. They secrete a white substance that acts like a glue.
  • Tomato frogs can also inflate when threatened.
  • They are ambush predators.

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  • Tomato frog tadpoles are only 6 millimeters long when born!
  • Tomato frogs can live up to 8 years.

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Tomato frogs are near threatened due to habitat loss and collection of frogs for the pet trade. While frogs make neat pets, it is best to get one from a breeder. Taking animals from the wild damages delicate ecosystems. Keep these tomatoes in the forest.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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SAVE THE FROGS DAY!

SAVE THE FROGS DAY!

The pond behind us is full of bullfrog tadpoles! YAY!!

The pond behind us is full of bullfrog tadpoles! YAY!!

Today is Save the Frogs Day! One-third of all amphibians are in danger of becoming extinct! So we thought we’d share 7 reasons why frogs are so awesome and therefore in need of protection!

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Now if those aren’t reasons enough to want to protect our frog friends! We don’t know what will convince you!

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FUN WITH FROGS- GLASS FROG!

FUN WITH FROGS- GLASS FROGS!

We’re meeting our last frog today- Seymour the Glass Frog!  Make sure to play I Spy with us tomorrow on Instagram or Facebook or Twitter! We’ll give you a hint- it’s a frog!

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  • I get my name because the skin on my belly is translucent (see through).
  • You can see a glass frog’s organs through their skin! You can even see my beating heart!
  • Like many of my other frog friends, I am nocturnal.
  • We glass frogs are arboreal and like to call humid rainforests our home. You can find me and many of my cousins in Central and South America.
  • We glass frogs have a claim to fame- one of our species looks like the famous Kermit the frog! It is a honor to represent such a celebrity in the wild!
  • We glass frogs are not very big! We range from 1 inch to 3 inches long!
  • Male glass frogs are territorial. We like our own space.
  • Our big eyes face forward and not to the side like tree frogs!

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We sure do love glass frogs! Who knew their were species in the world who like to show off their insides? It’s their cute faces that get us the most though!

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FUN WITH FROGS- GOLDEN POISON DART FROGS!

FUN WITH FROGS- GOLDEN POISON DART FROGS!

Today we’re meeting Goldie the Golden Poison Dart Frog!

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  • I live in a small area of rainforest in South America.
  • I am considered to be the most toxic frog on the planet!
  • Just one frog has enough toxins to kill 10 grown human men.
  • The native people in my rainforest have used my toxin for centuries as poison for their darts! That’s how we poison dart frogs got our name!
  • Due to habitat destruction, I am an endangered species.
  • My bright coloration is called warning coloration. It is an adaptation to ward off predators.
  • Scientists have developed a compound similar to my toxin that is a painkiller used for humans!

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Goldie sure is a cool little frog. These small amphibians are brilliant to see, but from a distance! Haha!

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FUN WITH FROGS- SPRING PEEPERS!

FUN WITH FROGS-SPRING PEEPERS!

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April is frog month! Woohoo! This week we’re meeting three frogs and then we’re rounding out the week with a great Earth Day celebration!

Today we’re meeting Penny the Peeper!

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  • My calls usher in spring across the Eastern United States.
  • I am a member of a group of frogs known as chorus frogs.
  • I have pads on my toes that help me grip to surfaces.
  • Those pads help make me an excellent climber!
  • Like all frogs, I am a carnivore.
  • I like to winter in Florida, hahaha! Just kidding, I hide under piles of leaves and logs.
  • In the winter, I allow my body to freeze! Yep, bet you can’t do that!
  • I have a lovely X shaped pattern on my back.
  • You can hear our lovely chorus here!

I am one shy frog and you won’t see me out during the day! But if you’re sitting outside listen for us and our lovely songs of spring!

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SAVE THE FROGS DAY!!

SAVE THE FROGS 

We’re celebrating frogs today! Just like we did for World Penguin Day- we drew some cartoons to share some fun facts about frogs that you may not know! Keep scrolling down to watch a message from the most famous frog around- Kermit! And check out these great ways you can help protect frogs in your neighborhood!

Frogs do have ears!

Frogs do have ears!

The Golden Dart Frog is the most poisonous frog in the world!

The Golden Dart Frog is the most poisonous frog in the world!

Frogs don't drink water- they absorb it through their skin!

Frogs don’t drink water- they absorb it through their skin!

Some frogs are brightly colored to warn predators that they are poisonous!

Some frogs are brightly colored to warn predators that they are poisonous!

 

Frogs have different kinds of feet to help them adapt to their habitats!

Frogs have different kinds of feet to help them adapt to their habitats!

 

Kermit the Frog and his friends have a great message that we should remember every day not just Save the Frog Day!

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World Frog Day!

World Frog Day!!

Somehow we missed World Frog Day yesterday, so we’re celebrating this amazing amphibians today! Frogs come in all colors and sizes.  Let’s tell you why we love frogs!

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  • Frogs are amphibians
  • They live on all continents except Antarctica.
  • The Goliath Frog is the larges species of frog in the world.
  • Wood frogs can “freeze” solid and survive the winter.
  • The Golden Dart Frog is the most toxic frog in the world.

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  • Bullfrog tadpoles are toxic.
  • Frogs are cold blooded.
  • There are about 4,900 species of frogs in the world.
  • A group of frogs is called an army. A group of toads is called a knot.
  • Frogs do have ears! They are located right behind their eyes.
  • Frogs have been around for 200 million years.

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Last year we interviewed a frog scientist from the Atlanta Botanical Gardens! Read that interview here! Tell us what you love about frogs!

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AMPHIBIAN TUESDAY #76

AMPHIBIAN TUESDAY # 76

It’s Amphibian Tuesday and we’re going to South America to meet one cool frog! Get your backpack and rainforest adventure gear and let’s go find today’s animal!

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MEET THE MOUNTAIN MARSUPIAL FROG!

mountain marsupial frog   Range/Habitat: North-West South America/ rainforest

   Diet: Carnivore: insects

   Length: 1 ½-2 ¼”

   Conservation Status: common

 

Fun Facts:

  •          Mountain Marsupial Frogs have broad heads.
  •          They are nocturnal.
  •          Mountain marsupial frogs have long toes.
  •          Female mountain marsupial frogs have a pouch on their back where they incubate their eggs.
  •          Mountain marsupial frogs eggs are connected to the female’s blood system, when the eggs hatch they put the tadpoles in a pool of water.

These cool frogs have such a neat way of incubating their young. That must be why they are called the marsupial frog! We think the kangaroo frog would have been a good name too!

 

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IMAGINARY WORLDS!!!

IMAGINARY WORLDS!

We went to the Atlanta Botanical Gardens this week to catch a preview of their new plant sculpture exhibit Imaginary Worlds! It is Amazing! This exhibit traveled all the way from Montreal, Canada to wow us here in Atlanta. We’re giving you 10 reasons (and there are more) to check out these live works of art!

It was snowing blooms!

It was snowing blooms!

 

There’s an Ogre! (Don’t worry he’s friendly.)

            This friendly giant is colorful, whimsical and you can explore all around his funny face. During the exhibit this guy and all the sculptures will get regular pruning and trims.

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Ogre!!

  

You can go right trough him!

You can go right trough him!

Making our ogre faces!

Making our ogre faces!

COBRAS!!! (Not to worry, they aren’t the spitting variety.)

            These two towering cobras look fierce but they aren’t. These rising reptiles required cranes to get them this good looking. Look for the papyrus plants near this pair!

Check out this cobras "scales"! Gorgeous!

Check out this cobras “scales”! Gorgeous!

You guys ok up there?

You guys ok up there?

Fishy Friends!

            This pair of fish joyfully have water spouting out of their mouths as they spin around and around. The cool part is they turn so that each plant on the fish gets equal sunlight!

Fishy fountain!

Fishy fountain!

 

BUNNIES!! (We just have to yell that!)

            There are adorable little bunnies hoping all over the gardens. You don’t have to feed this species just water them.

Isn't he adorable?

Isn’t he adorable?

 

There are Giant Strawberries!

            We were hoping they would let us take a nibble, but sadly no. These large sculptures are located in the edibles garden where they have blueberries, pomegranates and asparagus. This place is an herbivore’s dream!

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Yum!

 

Learn How to Make Large Plant Sculptures Yourself (Ok- not really)

            You can learn how The International Mosaiculture of Montreal makes these super sculptures though and it is a huge job. It took 15 refrigerated trucks and 140,000 plants to get the exhibit to Atlanta.  

This is how the sculptures look without the plants!

This is how the sculptures look without the plants!

 

Frog fountains!

            To celebrate the work the Atlanta Botanical Gardens does with amphibian conservation, they have frog fountains!  The gardens are also entering a masioculture competition at the Montreal Botanical Gardens this summer with four more frogs!

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Butterflies!

            They have two large butterflies that have lantana on their backs! Lantana is great to grow in your own garden to attract regular sized butterflies!

Check out this butterflies proboscis (the tongue)!

Check out this butterflies proboscis (the tongue)!

 

Edmond found a Unicorn!!

            Edmond found a unicorn eating grass in the garden! Oh how he wants to be a unicorn! Who doesn’t love unicorns?

Edmond wants a magical horn!

Edmond wants a magical horn!

 

There’s a Goddess!

            This lovely lady looks over the Cascades Gardens. She is HUGE too! She is 25 feet tall and weighs around 29 tons! It took 40,000 plants just to get her to this look like this! And Ellie thought it took a lot to make her beautiful!

Gorgeous Earth Goddess!

Gorgeous Earth Goddess!

 

 

We really enjoyed this extraordinary exhibit and the beautiful gardens! There are more sculptures to be found as you make your way through the grounds. These amazing sculptures have a soilless mixture for the plants to grow in and the large structures have their own irrigation systems. Wow!

Grab the kids, your camera and your sense of wonder and head to the Atlanta Botanical Gardens to be immersed in a magical world! The exhibit opens today and runs through October! Check out the Atlanta Botanical Gardens website for tickets and information!

Beautiful Purple Flower!

Beautiful Purple Flower!

 

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SAVE THE FROGS DAY 2013!!

SAVE THE FROGS DAY 2013!!

We’re celebrating FROGS for Save the Frogs Day! We had a great time last week celebrating these fabulous amphibians for our own frog week! We’re sharing some great photos, fun facts, videos and an INTERVIEW WITH A FROG CONSERVATION SCIENTIST!

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  • Frogs are amphibians
  • They live on all continents except Antarctica.
  • The Goliath Frog is the larges species of frog in the world.
  • Wood frogs can “freeze” solid and survive the winter.
  • The Golden Dart Frog is the most toxic frog in the world.
  • Bullfrog tadpoles are toxic.
  • Frogs are cold blooded.
  • There are about 4,900 species of frogs in the world.
  • A group of frogs is called an army. A group of toads is called a knot.
  • Frogs do have ears! They are located right behind their eyes.
  • Frogs have been around for 200 million years.

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We met with the Amphibian Conservation Coordinator at Atlanta Botanical Gardens and talked frogs- read the interview here! We promise it is super cool!

We couldn’t celebrate Save the Frogs Day without some tips on how you can help:

  • Create a frog friendly backyard. Let your grass grow and reduce trash and chemicals in your yard. Also provide a water feature.
  • Learn about the frogs in your area.
  • Conserve water.
  • Recycle! Recycle! Recycle!
  • Check out organizations like SAVE THE FROGS!

Save the Frogs Day wouldn’t be complete without a little music from our favorite frog- Kermit!

It’s Not Easy Being Green and Frogs in the Glen!

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