Mountain Chicken Frog

With the growing concern regarding the status of amphibians globally, efforts are underway to conserve as many threatened amphibian species as possible. As a result, deeper understanding of their unique nutritional requirements is paramount.

In order to understand the requirements of amphibians, it is first necessary to understand the nutrient quality of the food they eat, insects. Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium's Department of Comparative Nutrition continues to conduct numerous experiments in order to determine the effects that various types of diets and ingredients have on the overall nutrient quality of feeder insects that ultimately are fed to amphibians. Data and results from these experiments are assisting nutritionists globally in the development of better diets for amphibians and reptiles.