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See 15+ Species of Frogs at ANS Exhibit

Learn about awesome amphibians at this new exhibit, which runs through May 14.

The Academy of Natural Sciences recently said goodbye to a beloved animatronic dinosaur exhibit. Its newest display is less noisy — but filled with awesome amphibians.

 

“Frogs: A Chorus of Colors,” created by Clyde Peeling’s Reptiland in Allenwood, runs from February 4 — May 14. It’s a chance to see a variety of beautiful frogs from around the world. More than 15 varieties of frogs are on display, in habitats designed to mimic their natural environments.

 

“If you’ve never considered frogs as beautiful, this exhibition will change your mind,” said Jennifer Sontchi, the museum’s senior exhibits director. “Whether you think frogs are funny or bizarre, cute or ugly, you’ll have fun watching them hop and jump around and even listening to them sing.”

 

The exhibit features interactive activities: visitors can test their vision against a frog’s, explore models, and even try a virtual frog dissection. The exhibit explains the wide spectrum of frog habitats — from tropical rain forests to icy tundra, and, of course, your neighborhood. Visitors can also learn about what frogs eat, how they live, why they’re important to our ecosystem, and how they’re threatened by human activity.

 

The museum is kicking off the exhibit with special “Froguary” activities every weekend. They include crafts, special exhibits, and storytimes with museum mascot Marty the Moose.

 

The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University is at 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia. Admission to “Frogs” is $22.95 for adults and $18.95 for kids (that includes general admission to the museum, too). Individual and Family museum members pay $3, and it’s free for members at the Family Plus level and above.

 

Photographs by Clyde Peeling’s Reptiland, courtesy of ANS.

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