July 9, 2013

The Adachi Park of Living Things -- Amphibian Section

The Adachi Park of Living Things, located in the suburbs of Adachi Ward. It is a 20 minute walk from the two closest train stations, so you know it's meant for families with kids and cars. The museum itself is much larger than you would expect. In the indoor section, you can see reptiles, aquarium fish, and currently, fireflies. There is also a rainforest section where butterflies fly freely, and you can see larger fish in a large tank. Finally, in the outdoor garden, there is a petting zoo and insect section. It's the closest to nature a Tokyo kid can get, but it has all been assembled with great care.  

 Xenopus laevis, whose webbed feet are fascinating.

Sword-tail newt (Cynops ensicauda), who respond enthusiastically to hand-waving. It is quite creepy, though, the way they cycle through water in unison.

Japanese fire-bellied newt (Cynops pyrrhogaster).

The Argentine horned frog (Ceratophrys ornata), which looked like a big blob of army fatigues.

Some poison dart frogs, including the yellow-banded poison dart frog at the top right.

The Japanese tree frog (Hyla japonica), which is incidentally my favorite frog because it is so tied to my memories of childhood. They used to be fairly easy to find in my hometown in Chiba, but they became less common as I grew older. They are often tiny, and have the most adorable jump.

The Daruma pond frog (Rana porosa), half-submerged in water.

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