Sunday, April 4, 2010

Behavior spotlight — Splendid Leaf frog molting

I had a rare opportunity to see the female Leaf frog, from our 'Splendid Leaf frogs' exhibit molting (shedding its skin) today. Usually, these frogs are fast asleep all day, and as I walked by their exhibit, there was a crowd gathered around watching her as she put on a show.

Watching one of these frogs molt is quite dramatic. They use their arms and legs to pull the outer layer of skin towards the head and, like most frogs, promptly eat it. (waste not, want not)

I was able to get a few shots of her in action, and it was also nice to see her awake during the day—even if it was only for a few moments.