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It’s Not Easy, Being Green

You consider yourself a green avenger: You’re eco-conscious, always brake for puppies, and you keep a stockpile of extra hugs for nearly all animals you encounter, great and small. But while it kills you to admit it, there are some little fellas in the animal kingdom that you can’t imagine holding in a deep, dude-we’re-in-this-together embrace. Guys with leathery, warty skin that’s so squirm-inducing that it could never, ever be converted into a couture hand bag. And sticky tongues that snap and slurp up unsuspecting insects. Admit it, you don’t trust frogs. That’s OK, because after this weekend, you might at least appreciate them.

The Museum of Discovery and Science is doing a little frog PR with its newest summer exhibit “Frogs: A Chorus of Colors.” It opens this weekend and is jam-packed full of great activities, so you’ll learn what makes the little guys so attractive — uh, to scientists, that is. Fifteen live frog habitats will act as summer vacation homes for many exotic breeds of frogs and toads. Check out a tree frog’s amazing grip, or learn about the dangerous venom of the dart poison frog while you explore this interactive exhibit. Saturday is an especially good day to go frogging at MODS (401 SW Second St., Fort Lauderdale). That’s when you’ll participate in frog origami (from 1 till 4 p.m.); watch a live frog dissection (2 and 4 p.m.); take in a puppet show of the Frog Prince (12:30 p.m.); and listen to guest speaker Michael Brennen discuss all things amphibian at 2:30 and 3:30 p.m. But that’s not all, there’s also a showcase about exotic pets (from 1 to 4 p.m.), an informative chat by a gentleman known as the Frog Keeper (at 1 and 3 p.m.), and a live frog feeding at 11 a.m. You’ll learn so much about frogs that by the day’s end you’ll decide you want to hug them all (but don’t, museum scientists frown on that). Exhibit tickets cost $8 to $10. Visit
May 24-25, 2008