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
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?
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
b) Giant waxy monkey
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
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
c) Tomato frog
d) California cauliflower
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
to which frog species?
a) Rainbow frog
b) Multi-colored swamp
c) Gray tree frog
d) Mood ringed tree
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
b) Bumblebee poison
c) Killer bee poison
d) Yellow lawn dart
9. This Australian
frog was discovered in 1973, but died out forever less than
ten years later.
b) Southern day frog
c) Mt. Glorious torrent
d) Sharp-snouted day
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
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
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
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.