It's not easy being green... Or is it? Frogs are amphibians, which means that they live part of their life in water and the other part on land. Frogs lay their eggs in water and the eggs hatch into a tadpole, which lives in water until it metamorphoses into an adult frog. An amphibian can live both on land and in water. Although frogs live on land, their habitat must be near swamps, ponds or in a damp place. This is because they will die if their skin dries out. Instead of drinking water, frogs soak up water into their body through their skin.
Frogs in the wild face many dangers and are lucky to survive several years. In captivity however, frogs can live for much longer. Frogs can see forwards, sideways and upwards all at the same time. They never close their eyes, even when they sleep. Remarkably, frogs actually use their eyes to help them swallow food. When the frog blinks, its eyeballs are pushed downwards creating a bulge in the roof of its mouth. This bulge squeezes the food inside the frog's mouth down the back of its throat.
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Argentine Horned Frog (Pacman Frog)
The Argentine horned frog can be found in the grasslands of Argentina, Uruguay, and Brazil. A voracious eater, it will attempt to swallow anything that moves close to its wide mouth, such as insects , and rodents, lizards and other frogs. These frogs get their common name, “Pac Man Frog” from their round, plump shape and large mouths, which make them resemble the video game character. Pac mans are available in many patterns and colors, the most common being yellow and green. These colors and patterns prove to be perfect camouflage for hiding on the grassland floor, waiting for prey to walk by.
Diet at Exotic Edventures: Crickets, worms, and pinkie mice Conservation Status: Near Threatened Species Like most Pacman frogs, our resident hopper, Waffles, loves to eat! These gal is literally a hopping garbage disposal and will eat anything that moves in front of her. She is also extremely lazy and generally will wait for the food to come to her. We often hand feed her as she often finds it too taxing to hunt after her food. Rough life!
*Due to their delicate skin, all our amphibians are a "hands off" animal in our education programs.
Interaction Level: Not Interactive; Waffles is a "see and not touch" animal ambassador Audience: Great for all ages