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Exploring the world of frogs

CNC reporting from New York
Added On May 19, 2013


A new exhibition featuring frogs has opened at the American Museum of Natural History in New York.

More than 150 species of frogs are displayed there, including some toxic and the rarest in the world.


The exhibition themed with 'Frog: A Chorus of Colors' aims to help visitors explore the diverse world of the complex amphibians, and features the latest research findings about frogs.

Curators told CNC the strongest highlight is a showcase of 25 different species of frogs with all beautiful colors, in different shapes and sizes.

SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH): CHRISTOPHER RAXWORTHY, Curator
"Whether they are making really amazing toxins or the fact that they carry eggs on their backs, or even in some cases you have males that eat the eggs that actually the type of developing the vocal sacks in the throat. So frogs are really really cool animals and it’s a great way to really sort of celebrate that."

Among the cool animals collected from five continents, the tomato frogs from the lowlands of Madagascar are the chief attractions.
 
SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH): CHRISTOPHER RAXWORTHY, Curator
"It’s bright orangey red because it’s toxic and it produces these sort of white venoms coming out of their skins. But it’s also very strange, fat looking frog, and it lives in the humid rainforest in Madagascar. It’s really amazing predictor and has a huge mouth and it’s able to eat really large insects."

The exhibition also introduces the extinction crisis some rare species are facing.

According to experts, the major causes for the crisis include habitat loss, pollution, climate change, over-collection, emerging disease and the widespread chytrid fungus.