Wednesday, February 27, 2008

It's cold outside! That's why you should come in to the Tennessee Aquarium's Rivers of the World exhibit. There you'll see an amphibian guaranteed to make you sweat! It's the fire-bellied toad! Usually found in China, Korea and other Southeast Asian countries, the other amphibians in the aquarium seem fascinated to see this unique visitor here in these parts. He's a just a little guy at three inches long and because of his green and brown markings, he stays well hidden from predators. If one does find him, though, our creative and resourceful friend will raise its head, arms and legs up toward the sky to warn his enemy that he'd better stay away if he doesn't want to get sprayed with his toxic skin secretions. The fire-bellied toad's bright orange and black belly may be pretty for us to look at but to those trying to eat him for their next meal, it's a heated warning to back off. Pretty cool, huh?

Monday, February 25, 2008

Share Your Stories

We love to hear about your visits to the Tennessee Aquarium. Here's one Jill sent to us from Dalton, Georgia. Thanks for sharing your story and pictures with us Jill!

Our family visited the Tennessee Aquarium yesterday, and we absolutely LOVED the Penguins Rock Exhibit. My youngest daughter (almost 2 yrsold.) was so in love with the penguin display we had to pull her away kicking and screaming BOTH times we visited. My two older children loved it, as well. We cannot wait to make another trip back to the Aquarium to see Little Debbie, Nipper, and all the penguins again!

I've attached a few pictures that I thought you might like to see. The first is of my son Avery with one of the penguins, and the second is of daughter Ashton doing her impersonation of the way a penguin stands.

After we looked at the picture, we said it looked as if the penguin was standing on her head.
I wanted to get one of the 2 yr old with the penguins, but she was so excited, we couldn't get her to stand still long enough!

Thanks so much for the great memories!
Jill - Dalton, GA

Friday, February 22, 2008

It's Not Easy Being Green

If you stroll down Discovery Hall here at the Tennessee Aquarium, you might notice a little green fella with large, black, tired eyes staring back at you. The Hyla cinerea or Green Tree Frog is not, however, always the bright green you'll see here at the aquarium. Some tree frogs may have a gray or yellow coloring. It's long legs enable it to leap high into the air to catch its food - usually insects - and can be found in marshy areas, as well as lakes, swamps and on many occasions, near well-lit buildings all across the southeast region of North America.

Known to be spotted in neighborhoods and campgrounds, these guys don't seem shy at all in front of humans. In fact, they've been known to rest on kitchen window sills, just waiting for the next moth or fly to buzz around a bright porch light. If you spot one, be careful you don't step on it. These amphibians are 2.5 inches long and are easy to miss. On second thought, just come on by the Tennessee Aquarium and see them along with all of our other animals. It might be safer that way.