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Fabulous frogs and terrific toads come in so many shapes, sizes and colors it’s almost mind boggling. So if you have a fire in your belly, wood you gopher the glory and test your wits by taking this hoppin’ trivia quiz?

1. We’ll sing your praises like a canary if you get this first question right. What frog has a call that is sometimes mistaken for a bird?

a)       Parrot-lunged frog

b)       Swallow-tailed tadpole

c)       Golden warbler frog

d)       Bird-voiced treefrog

2. Frogs are scientifically classified in what “order” of animals?

a)       Anura

b)       Aurora Borealis

c)       Kermatis D Frogellus

d)       Michiganus J Frogus

3. Great job so far! We’ll keep you hoppin’ by asking if you know which frogs are the largest in the world. Is it:

a)       South American jumbo frog

b)       Giant waxy monkey tree frog

c)       Triple XL dart frog

d)       Goliath frog

4. This frog likes to stay up all night long and rest during the day.  If you scare one awake, it will look like it hasn’t slept in days.

a)       Groggy froggy

b)       Red-eyed tree frog

c)       Baggy-eyed frog

d)       Brown-backed owl frog

5.   “Eat your vegetables.” But predators don’t like the taste of this  “garden” variety frog. Is it:

a)       Mossy  frog

b)       Leafy lettuce-backed frog

c)       Tomato frog

d)       California cauliflower frog

6.   Make no mistake, Pipa pipa is the scientific name of this animal  that has a confusing common name.

a)       Surinam toad

b)       Tennessee toad

c)       Fresh water frog

d)       Pied-Piper frog

7. You’re really slick! Only a few more to go! The scientific name Hyla versicolor refers to which frog species?

a)       Rainbow frog

b)       Multi-colored swamp frog

c)       Gray tree frog

d)       Mood ringed tree frog

8. People will be buzzing about seeing Dendrobates leucomelas at the Tennessee Aquarium. What is this frog’s common name(s)?

a)       Yellow-banded poison dart frog

b)       Bumblebee poison dart frog

c)       Killer bee poison dart frog

d)       Yellow lawn dart frog

9. This Australian frog was discovered in 1973, but died out forever less than ten years later.

a)       Gastric-brooding frog

b)       Southern day frog

c)       Mt. Glorious torrent frog

d)       Sharp-snouted day frog

10. According to the World Conservation Union, (IUCN) frogs and other amphibians are on the brink of disaster. What percentage of  the nearly 6,000 amphibian species could become extinct in our lifetime?

a)       30%

b)       15%

c)       10%

d)       5%

 

Answers:

1 – d Hyla avivoca is the scientific name for the bird-voiced treefrog. The literal translation: Avi for avian or bird, voca for voice.

2 – a Frogs are classified in the Kingdom: Animalia, Phylum: Chordata, Subphylum: Vertebrata, Class: Amphibia, Order: Anura (Salientia)

3 – d Goliath frogs are the world’s largest frogs, often with bodies that grow to more than one foot long. These huge frogs may also weigh more than seven pounds.

4 – b Red-eyed tree frogs are nearly invisible during the day when resting with their eyes closed. But when startled, their bright red eyes pop open confusing would be predators just long enough for these frogs to leap to safety.

5 – c Tomato frogs range from reddish-orange to bright, dark red. While not toxic like poison dart frogs, tomato frogs secrete a sticky, white mucus which irritates most predators.

6 – a Pipa is not actually a toad but a rough skinned aquatic frog. When you see this frog at the Tennessee Aquarium, you might think it is pretty lazy.  But this frog relies on camouflage and inactivity to capture prey. Patience is a virtue in the world of frogs.

7 – c Gray tree frogs can actually change color from gray, green or brown depending on activity and environment. They use their large toe pads to cling to trees, and sometimes the windows of homes at night.

8 – a & b The yellow-banded poison dart frog, or bumblebee poison dart frog uses a vivid color scheme to advertise its toxic skin to predators. Unlike many frogs which are nocturnal, poison dart frogs are active during the day so predatory animals will see their bright warning colors.

9 – a The last gastric-brooding frog was seen in the wild in 1981. Females of this species would swallow fertile eggs and the tadpoles would develop inside the stomach. When the time was right, the female would simply open her mouth and the little frogs would hop out.  Scientists were hoping to learn more about the process females used to shut down digestive processes to help humans suffering with obesity and ulcers. All of the species listed in question nine are Australian frogs that are gone forever.

10 – a The World Conservation Union states 30% of all amphibian species could die out forever in our lifetime. That would be the largest mass extinction the world has seen since the dinosaurs died out. Nine amphibian species have disappeared forever just since 1980, and another 113 amphibian species have not been seen since 1980 and are presumed extinct.

Fabulous frogs are important links in the web of life. Their declines indicate that the overall health of our world is also in jeopardy.

Extinction is forever.


 

 

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