July 22, 2016
Take A Closer Look
- as seen by -Alexandra Greco
Noses pressed against the glass, eyes darting back and forth, searching. Where are the animals in this exhibit? This is a question I’m frequently asked from people of all ages.
“Take a closer look,” I say.
Vietnamese mossy frogs, otherwise known as Tonkin bug-eyed frogs, are hard to spot with the untrained eye. Their green and black pigmentation, as well as their textured, spiny skin allows them to look like clumps of moss – a truly elaborate form of camouflage. Not much is known about this frog, but threats to the species are more present than ever. Clear cutting of forests has reduced their habitat, and the specific demand for this unique amphibian in the global pet trade continues to grow.
Eyes widen. Jaws open. The mossy frogs come into sight.
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