Sneak peek: Frogs: A Chorus of Colors show at AMNH (slide show)
We got a first look at the live AMNH exhibit, back by popular demand, that features more than 150 colorful and sometimes poisonous frogs from around the world.
Thu May 16 2013
The exhibition "Frogs: A Chorus of Colors" is back by popular demand, and like the yearly butterly exhibit, it's proof positive that not all the animals in the American Museum of Natural History are taxidermied. Starting this Saturday, May 18, families looking for something great to do this spring can gawk at the newest members of the museum: amphibians that range from tiny, royal blue poison dart frogs from Central America (a kid favorite) to Oriental fire-bellied toads, known for their bright orange undersides, and African bullfrogs, which can grow up to eight inches long. Time Out Kids got a preview of the live exhibition with curator Christopher Raxworthy, who showed us all the cool activities for kids to do while they’re there, like using a touch screen to dissect and identify a frog’s organs or spinning a big wheel to watch a flipbook-style animation of a frog leaping into the air. Children can also search for the tiny poison dart frogs (who have a penchant for hiding) using video camera controls installed behind the glass. Little ones will especially be drawn to the bright red Madagascan tomato frogs; the hilariously named Mexican dumpy frogs; the long-nosed horned frogs, whose leaflike backs help camouflage them; and the ornate horned frogs of Argentina (dubbed “Jabba the Hut” by Mr. Raxworthy), which eat almost anything that can fit into their enormous mouths—even rodents and lizards!
“Frogs: A Chorus of Colors” will be on view at the American Museum of Natural History from Sunday, May 18, through January 5, 2014.