Animal Encounters

Fun Animal Encounters

From a hairy tarantula to a talking African gray parrot, you never know what you’ll bump into in Ranger Rick's Backyard Safari at the Tennessee Aquarium!

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Get a peek behind the scenes of the Aquarium’s Husbandry department. Read their weekly animal updates and get an insider’s look at caring for over 10,000 animals and plants.

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AMPHIBIANS

Mossy Frog

Theloderma corticale


ON EXHIBIT:  Rivers of the World at River Journey

Mossy Frog

FUN FACTS
Mossy frogs attach their eggs to a rock or branch over water.  When the tadpoles hatch, they fall into the water where they live for four to eight months before they become frogs.  Mossy frogs use their coloration to blend into their surroundings.  They will also play dead if they are disturbed.

CONSERVATION
Population trends are unknown. All amphibians are at risk due to factors such as habitat destruction, pollution and diseases such as ranavirus and chytrid fungus.

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Photo by Bill Hughes

About This Animal

SIZE: 3 in (7 cm)

RANGE: Northern Vietnam, China

HABITAT: Karst (mountainous areas characterized by limestone outcroppings)

DIET: Insects