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hroughout the exhibition were terrariums housing unusual frogs - animals that have adapted their behavior for survival -- to protect themselves from harsh climates, for instance, or as a defense against their enemies.
 

The Surinam toad, who lives in water, protects her young by carrying the eggs and tadpoles embedded in the skin of her back, until they hatch as tiny, fully formed toadlings. The fire-bellied toad, whose dull brown back matches the ground cover of its native habitat, warns away potential predators by flashing its brilliant scarlet underside. The Asiatic horned frog has camouflage so incredible it seems to disappear against a leaf.
Fire-Bellied Toad
  The underside of the fire-bellied toad (Bombina orientalis.) [Click for a larger image.] Photo by Amy Snyder.
    

Frogs are remarkable creatures, but there is a limit to the conditions they can adapt to. The clearing of the rain forests is destroying the habitats of countless species. A frog's moist, permeable skin makes it vulnerable to pesticides and herbicides, high concentrations of fertilizers, changes in the ozone layer, and fungal and viral infections. Frogs are disappearing all over the world.
 

Mr. Toad
"Mr. Toad," from the online feature Frog City. Photo by Amy Snyder. [Click for a larger image.]
   
 

Frogs in Popular Culture
Frogs and toads don't look anything like us, but we "humanize" them nonetheless, creating familiar storybook characters from the Frog Prince to Mr. Toad of Toad Hall. This cultural aspect of our relationship with frogs and toads was exhibited throughout the show, with selections from literature, images from cultures around the world, and whimsical toys, from Beatrix Potter's Jeremy Fisher to stuffed amphibian Beanie Babies. Visitors could read about Mark Twain's experiences in Calaveras County; hear Kermit the Frog singing "It's Not Easy Being Green," or sit nose-to-nose with live frogs and toads and really get to know what remarkable animals they are.

The Frogs website is a permanent resource, and will remain online, featuring articles, interactive exhibits and hands-on activities.
   

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