Montshire Profile

Rana clamitans, Green Frog, December 2012

What is your role at the Montshire?
My fellow aquarium inhabitants and I give Montshire visitors an up-close-and-personal introduction to local aquatic animals. Feeding time is especially popular.

What do you eat?
At the Museum, we are fed a diet of mealworms and earthworms. My eyes are especially adapted to see things that move, so living prey are the only things I eat. Montshire Explainers get lots of questions about why they have to wiggle the food. Younger frogs eat more than older frogs.

How did you come to the Montshire?
Thanks to Montshire's wildlife permit, I was brought to the Museum by members of our education department. They found me on a local road at night during the spring rainy season. Three of my fellow inhabitants were collected as tadpoles and metamorphosed this summer at the Montshire.

What is your normal habitat?
We live at the edge of ponds, lakes and marshes in the eastern half of North America. Green frogs can be found just about anywhere there is water and vegetation. Montshire’s frog tank has an “island” with moss and some rocky crevasses where young frogs can hide. It’s a great place to hang out—no worrying about predators.

What does Rana clamitans mean?
It means “yelling frog.” During breeding season in late spring and summer, green frogs can be heard making a sound like a rubber band or “plucked banjo string” from the cover of waterside vegetation.

 

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