Island Images

Saturday, March 13, 1999

‘Hatchback’, ‘Suitcase’
at the Zoo

Photography by Ken Sakamoto, Star-Bulletin

Above, a clutch of eggs rides on the back of a Surinam toad at the
Honolulu Zoo, in what the zoo describes as "one of nature's
most unusual reproductive methods." The toad -- actually a
frog with a totally aquatic life cycle -- deposited the eggs on
newly grown spongy skin during the evening of March 9-10.
The eggs, each about the size of a pea, have slowly begun to
sink and will be covered within a few days by new skin. They
then will develop out of sight, and fully developed
babies will emerge in 70 to 120 days.

Below, seven-year-old Michael Kearney of Lanai peers into the
jaws of a stuffed American alligator on display at the Honolulu
Zoo. The alligator was about 8 feet long when it died.

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