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Stay Tuned - There Is
Much to be exposed --
Richard Renda

On Every Page There Is
A Song. Wait. And adjust
... your volume.
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Section 1:
The MagaZine
outtakes and misc.
-- ornated horned frog. The horns are the little triangles behind the eyes.
Frogs with facial expression.
ET Phone home.

- ribbet ribbet, ribbet ribbet -
I'm just getting too old ... for
this ! Sitting around the museum
looking at people. Can someone
put The History Channel on --
Ramps & Amps
Chorus of Colors - Ribbet
Ornate Horned frogs are "sit and wait predators."
Horned frogs have voracious appetites. But they
are not built for chasing down prey. They bury
themselves in leaves or loose soil then pounce
on some small animals that happen to blunder
by. When harassed by a human or other large
animal these fearless frogs lunge and snap
their huge jaws. Like little green bulldogs they
bite and hang on until pried loose. This frog likes
to eat lizards, birds, snakes, insects, mice, and
other frogs.
Ribbet, ribbet --
Now this is where it gets really good. Talk about weird. Did you
see that creature up top ? And can you see the creatures just
below ? Let us start up top. The "ornate horned frog."
At left is another really cool species. The
Vietnamese Mossy Frog. Can you see any of
them ? There are three of the Mossy frogs there.
Two by the stick - in between the rocks, and one
below them -- center in between the other two.
The Vietnamese Mossy Frog is native to North
Vietnam. It is found in flooded caves and on the
banks of mountain streams. Small masses of
eggs are attached to rocks or vegetation just
above the water. Metamorphosis may take over
a year. Its main diet consists of eating insects.
Will someone remember when I grow up that I
too was a child once ? When you come back
years later and look at this picture you will know
the answer to that question was always: Yes.
images by Richard. Renda
moments preserved by lensman Richard Renda
The Mossy Frog --
can you see its right
eye here and its little
smile face ?

The Fire-bellied Toads found in China and Korea are also known as "Flashers." Fire-bellied toads use skin
color for protection. The skin on the toad's back is green and black, providing camouflage from above.
The Fire-bellied Toad when disturbed throws its legs into the air revealing a bright orange "fire-belly."
If flashing these bright colors does not scare away the predator, the toad has toxic skin secretions
that make it an unplatable meal.
Frogs ... a chorus of Colors. Held at the American Museum of Natural History, in New York City, June
through October 2004.
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. And ... remembered here ... "Forever." We hope you
enjoyed the Adventure as much as we did. Maybe you even learned a little something along the way that
you did not know before. We would also like to take this Moment to thank everyone at the American
Museum of Natural History for their kindness, consideration, cooperation, and profound dedication.
"Thank you."

(This is what I learned. Just because it is very pretty does not mean it is not dangerous. Quite the
contrary. Pretty can also mean: "deadly." Richard david Renda --)
This is the Smooth-sided Toad
found in northern South America,
known as the "Toothless Predator."
Most frogs have short pointed teeth
for gripping their prey. But "true
toads", in the family Bufonidea,
have no teeth at all. These bold
predators catch their prey with their
sticky tongues and swallow it alive.
Some large toads eat anything they
can fit in their mouth, including
snakes and birds.
Frogs are some of the Earth's greatest natural Guardians. They warn of changes in the environment that can
become dangerous to everyday living. Here is one quote to remember, and ponder: "If you wait until the
Frogs and Toads have croaked their last to take some action, you've missed the point" -- Kermit the Frog.
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