- Published on Wednesday, 30 January 2013 00:44
- Written by Super User
A redesign of the poison dart frog exhibit at the N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher makes it easier than ever to spot jewel-colored amphibians with a dangerous reputation.
Animal keepers recently constructed a lush new rainforest habitat from locally-sourced wood and plants native to Central and South America. Six different species of poison frogs make their home among the twisting vines, moss and foilage, including the green-and-black poison frog, splash-backed poison frog and yellow-banded posion frog.
In the wild, some species of poison frogs produce toxic chemicals in their skin, due to ingesting certain insects, making them poisonous to predators. The frogs’ vibrant colors warn predators of their toxic nature. The animals derived a common nickname, “poison dart frog”, because some indigenous tribes tipped their hunting darts and arrows with the frogs’ poison.
The N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher is located just south of Kure Beach, a short drive from Wilmington, on U.S. 421. The site is less than a mile from the Fort Fisher ferry terminal. Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Admission: $8 ages 13-61; $7 seniors; $6 ages 3-12.
Free admission for: children 2 and younger, registered groups of N.C. school children, and N.C. Aquarium Society members. General information: www.ncaquariums .com/fort-fisher