Animal Update: Sabana Surinam Toads

Seven juvenile sabana Surinam toads have been added to the Amazon River Forest exhibit.

Published December 16, 2016

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Despite their name, these animals are not "true" toads! Sabana Surinam toads are actually from a family of tongueless, aquatic frogs that use suction along their forelimbs to capture prey. They can be seen foraging for blackworms, bloodworms and brine shrimp in the gravel of lakes, ponds and marshes throughout parts of Colombia and Venezuela.

These toads are known to exhibit territorial behavior, including the use of visual displays like attacking, chasing and wrestling to defend against intruders. While sabana Surinam toads are a very resilient species, they are elusive and hard to observe in the wild. We look forward to learning more about them here at the Aquarium.

Stay tuned for more behind-the-scenes updates!

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