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Vienna's aquarium Haus de Meeres is approaching baby season and seeing great results after years of reproductive research.

Known in German as the Zipfelkrötenfrosch, this impressive toad is camouflaged so it can  hide on the floor of the rainforests in its natural habitat in Borneo. His trick for getting dinner is to lurk motionless, invisible among the brown leaves of the forest floor and grabbing at prey as it passes by.

Years of work and research on the reproductive biology of this species of frog have taken place to get it to lay eggs and this year it has paid of with offspring successfully born and raised from tadpoles in the aquarium.

In contrast, the colourful BaumhöhlenKröten - or tree hollow frog - lives in the canopy of the South American rainforest and lays its eggs in the safety of tree hollows, where the tadpoles develop into tiny frogs.

Both species of frogs produce young less than one centimetre long and they are very sensitive and require special care. They will therefore stay behind the scenes in the rearing rooms for a while.

However other latest additions to the family at the zoo near Mariahilfestrasse, the newly born Spiny Lizard babies, can be observed in the young animal terrarium next to the large estate of parents on the 7th floor.

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