Tuesday, January 20, 2009
I have seen ABC Wednesday posts on other peoples blogs but being slightly obsessive I wanted to wait and start at A! And this week it has come around again.
So I thought I would continue with the theme of my previous post and have A for AMAZING AMPHIBIANS. After all, my previous post showed the stars who will be featuring in our upcoming exhibit but there are a couple of others who are feeling a little left out.
This delightful Gray Tree Frog Hyla versicolor is a recent acquisition. An ex member of staff phoned me up because she found him sheltering in one of her plant pots and wanted him to go somewhere were he would be well cared for. How could I say no to such a charming character? Now he sits in his tank gobbling up crickets and in the mornings he puffs up and chatters away at the top of his voice.
This charismatic American Toad Bufo americanus has grown up here at the Museum. My co-worker Jamie rescued it from her window well where it was in grave danger from her wayward Dachshunds! We do a regular toad feeding program each week and people love to see her gobbling up waxworms or crickets.
This is the 'Naomi Cambell' of Cane Toads from my previous post who still hasn't quite forgiven me for making him pose for the photo session. Much happier now sitting and pooping in his water bowl! How charming!
Whatever your opinions of amphibians they are great indicators of the health of our surroundings. They have semi-permeable skin and so are very susceptible to any pollutants and toxins that we put into the water, spray on the land or inadvertently release into the air. If you live in an area where you see frogs and toads on a regular basis, think yourself lucky. If it is healthy for them then it is healthy for you too. If, like many of us, you rarely see amphibians, that is cause for concern. Approximately one third of all amphibian species are in rapid decline. In fact there is such concern about this issue that 2008 was declared the year of the frog, to try and raise awareness of their plight. If you would like to find out more, check out this great website.
In the mean time enjoy some other posts relating to the letter A at ABC Wednesday.
Photo Credits - CJT
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