'Hoppy' Amphibian Awareness Week! All week long, the Smithsonian's National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute will be sharing stories about amazing amphibians and the scientists working to save them from extinction.
Join amphibian experts in-person on Sunday, May 7 at the Reptile Discovery Center from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to kick off the Zoo's Amphibian Awareness Week celebration!
And on Thursday, May 11 at 2 p.m., check out a live, virtual program where guests will get an up-close look at a Japanese giant salamander, chat with an amphibian expert, and more! Click here to register.
May 7 | Hidden Biodiversity
At our May 7 Amphibian Awareness Week kickoff event at the Reptile Discovery Center, you can watch a Japanese giant salamander feeding, meet a Vietnamese mossy frog and see if you can spot the unbe-leaf-able lemur leaf frog. While you're hopping between exhibits, meet these adorable amphibians along the way: Panamanian golden frogs, coronated tree frogs, tiger salamanders, red salamanders, red-backed salamanders and emperor newts.
Although eastern newts are aquatic as larvae and adults, juveniles (called red efts) live on land! Around 2 to 5 months of age, their lungs, legs and eyelids make them more suited to life on land. As they search for water, they make their homes in leaf litter along the way. Learn more about these cool critters.