Love you dead and real life dart frogs
I love reading an actual book its so much better to actually turn a page rather than pressing a button on my kindle. One of the best things about cruising is the libraries and getting to read lots of books as obviously if I am travelling I don’t tend to take 10 books with me anymore just my kindle.
At the moment unfortunately I am not on a cruise but at home preparing for my next adventure. I am currently reading a book that I got for Christmas by one my favourite author Peter James Love you dead.
It is part of the Detective Superintendent Roy Grace series, I read three of these on my last cruise and this is the next one in the series. I am really enjoying it so far well Peter never disappoints with his novels. I wont give too much away and I am only half way through anyway, but its about a black widow with a “venomous mind”. She has a collection of deadly reptiles and amphibians which end up being deadly……..which is why I thought the new press release from Bristol Aquarium was quite fitting for me this week.
I still haven’t been to Bristol Aquarium yet so really need to try and get there soon especially during this half term when they have a mermaid exhibition on as I really think I was a mermaid in a past life which is why I love being near the sea.
Endangered frogs born at Aquarium
Bristol Aquarium are celebrating the arrival of dozens of rare phantasmal poison dart frogs – believed to be one of the most toxic amphibians on the planet.
The World Conservation Union considers the phantasmal poison frog to be ‘Endangered’ which means the species is facing a very high risk of extinction in the wild in the near future. The species is now thought to survive in only seven sites on mountains in parts of Ecuador.
Bristol Aquarium’s Olivia Orchart said: “The phantasmal frog has a fascinating, and highly complex, lifecycle which is difficult to successfully replicate in captivity and completely unlike our native frog species. The females lay up to 40 eggs on a leaf which are then fertilised by the male. He then guards the eggs for up to two weeks until the developing tadpoles begin to wriggle free of their jelly-like egg cases, at which point he pulls them onto his back using his back legs and carries them to a nearby pond or puddle.
“They can then take anything up to two months to develop into tiny replicas of their parents; first growing their back legs, then their front legs and finally reabsorbing their tail, before finally leaving their fully aquatic life behind them,” she added.
Phantasmal frogs are one of the few poison frog species that can be raised in large groups, so the aquarium is able put groups of tadpoles together in the ‘paddling pool’ as they develop.
“We use a special tadpole diet to feed them and ensure they get the correct balance of nutrition and vitamins which will enable them to fully metamorphose into adults,” she added.
Like other species of poison dart frog it is thought that the phantasmals develop their toxicity as a result of their diet which includes small insects.
Scientists have discovered that an extract from the skin of the phantasmal poison frog Epipedrobates tricolor can block pain 200 times more effectively than morphine, and without addiction and other serious side effects.