Don’t be alarmed if you spot a large, colorful frog hopping around the city this week.
To mark the second year of its special “Amphibians” exhibit, the Shedd Aquarium is sending out its mascot, a strawberry poison dart frog, to leap around some of Chicago’s most well-known landmarks.
On what the aquarium calls “select special days,” the first 25 frog hunters to find the mascot will receive free passes to the Shedd.
In addition, anyone who buys an all-access pass to the aquarium on Saturday, the final day of the promotion, can participate in a hide-and-seek game to find certain amphibians for the chance to win a prize.
Although the Shedd’s mascot won’t be difficult to spot, several of the amphibians at the Shedd are: The aquarium has more than 40 species of frogs, toads, salamanders and caecilians – limbless amphibians that resemble worms or snakes depending on their size.
Amphibians are cold-blooded vertebrates found on every continent but Antarctica. Many are nocturnal and hide or camouflage themselves during the day to avoid predators.
According to the AmphibiaWeb database, there are more than 7,500 species of amphibians – frogs and toads compose the overwhelming majority of them with more than 6,600 species.
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