Fun Frog Quizzes

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Who doesn't love a fun quiz, especially if it tells you, say, what kind of animal you were in a past life, or what animal would make the best pet for you? This fun quiz from Buzzfeed asks you to choose a few frogs to determine whether or not you've already met your soulmate or not! Essentially, you need to kiss five frogs to show whether or not you've found your prince. Cute, right? Did they guess it right?

If you'd rather take a quiz that's more trivia-based rather than one that's about your personality or feelings, here's a fun quiz from National Geographic Kids to determine whether or not you are a frog expert. I'm certainly not an expert but I still love frogs!

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Alternatives to Dissection

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My son is in the 10th grade this year, and since we homeschool I bookmarked a free website where we could perform frog dissections online, without an actual frog, many years ago. I knew it was an important part of the curriculum, but I also love frogs, so it seemed like the best solution. Unfortunately it has been so long that the program I bookmarked no longer exists!

Now I'm on a quest to find another virutal program to use with my son. The University of Washington has this promising-looking program linked, and PBS has a great set of videos to go along with it. The one I had bookmarked seemed much more comprehensive but I could be wrong. I'd love to know of any other great online dissection alternatives--not just for frogs, but for other species--especially if they're completely digital.

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Zooniverse Launches New Project

Be a citizen scientist!

Frog Lovers have always been able to serve as citizen scientists through projects like Frog Watch, and now there is a new project available via Zooniverse. Frog Find is a project that challenges citizen scientists to find distressed frogs that have been moved due to natural disasters, pollution and human involvement so scientists can help find them and preserve their populations.

Finding the frogs in these parks will greatly help increase their chances for survival. The devices to record the frog sounds have already been installed. All we have to do as citizen scientists is listen to the recordings on the website and help identify the species we hear!

If you're interested be sure to visit the site and find out more info. If you have other frog projects you're working on or to share to people who might be interested, be sure to share those in the chat, too.

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Frog Secretions For Human Health

What do you think of the idea?

It makes sense that scientists would want to study frogs to find out how to better serve humans. Between the animals already serving as a barometer of how messed up an area might be to the various incredible functions of a frog's body, they are really amazing creatures. But when it comes to secretions they make during the mating process, it really doesn't sound like a great conversation topic, let alone something we'd want to utilize for human health.

But that's exactly what scientists are considering. Also known as "frog foam," this secretion is great at protecting frog eggs. It's also highly durable, which led researchers to wonder if it could be utilized to deliver medication to humans slowly over time rather than all at once, which can help the body absorb many medications better.

What do you think of this idea? Share your thoughts on "frog foam" and other uses of animal secretions in the chat.

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Cute Frog Stories

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Over the weekend, my family and I caught a little frog cooling off in our basement. It was incredibly hot. We had heat advisories for days. It was understandable that this little one wanted a nice, cool place too get cozy but we also worried that they would die of hunger and dehydration if left in our basement, so we took them outside.

Once outside, we made sure to place him next to the rock pile we have for toads, frogs and tiny critters to hide in. It's like a mini cave system for critters! Then we brought out a shallow dish to put water in. We came out to put more water in later but couldn't see the frog. I don't know if the little cutie left or not but I hope they're safe.

What do you do when you see a frog in possible distress? What frog stories do you have from this summer? Share them in the chat!

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Dozens of Frogs At Risk of Extinction

Less than 20 years remain to save them

Last week we read some heartening news about Northern Leopard Frogs being released to help build their species population, but this week we've had some sad news: 26 frog species are at risk of going extinct within the next two decades. The study shows that these species will actually be gone by 2040 without any intervention.

These frogs are out of the 240 species of frogs in Australia, and the biggest threat against them is the deadly chytridiomycosis fungus that's been wiping out frog populations. It's been discovered that the fungus unfortunately thrives in humid and cold areas, which both put frogs at risk. Scientists stress that climate change is also attacking the species. Scientists think that creating refuges where fungi can be controlled and monitored may help.

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Northern Leopard Frogs Released to Aid Population Growth

Scientists hope this endangered species will grow

So many frog species are on the decline that it's exciting when we see efforts to help a population recover. Northern leopard frogs are endangered, but scientists at the Oregon Zoo and Northwest Trek Wildlife Park have been working on saving the species. 

Hundreds of the frogs that were cared for and spawned as part of these efforts were just released into Central Washington’s Columbia National Wildlife Refuge. Loss of habitat and competing with invasive species have rendered the population endangered but hopefully this chance to increase the population in a refuge will help it recover. 

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Humanely Getting Rid of Frogs

How do you keep them out of your pool?

As a frog lover, I can't get enough frogs (or toads, or skinks...) in my yard. I love these little visitors and only want to keep them safe from my dogs! That's why I provide shelter for them away from my dogs in parts of my yard they don't play in. That said, it's very understandable that people would want frogs gone if they are making enough noise to keep them up at night, or if they populate pools with their spawn.

Spraying with citric acid and vinegar will deter frogs from setting up shop in your pool. Concentrated coffee also works. You can also put rubber snakes out to scare them away, work on relocating frogs manually or call a pest control service to handle the frogs. The best way to keep frogs out of a pool is to invest in a good pool cover to prevent them from getting inside.

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Frog Deaths in Australia

Frogs are turning up dead for no apparent reason

Much like the mysterious bird deaths happening on the Eastern seaboard right now, Australia's frogs are turning up inexplicably dead for no known reason. People keep reporting sightings of dead, shriveled up frogs, and the mass numbers of them are very strange. 

Prior to their deaths, the frogs appear sluggish, and a different color than normal. Most frogs affected look lighter or darker than their normal color. They may be out in the daytime and have red appendages, which is also very odd for the animal. Hopefully scientists will be able to assess what's happening to them soon.

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Protection for the Eastern Spadefoot

Good news for the frog!

It's same old, same old when we see another frog species listed as endangered or gone forever these days and it breaks my heart. I'm sure it does the same to yours. That's why news like this makes me giddy: the Eastern Spadefoot is getting a new home that will hopefully change its status from being endangered to a more stable condition.

Officials, students and scientists decided to help promote the frog's livelihood by digging tunnels that appear just like the ones the frogs typically use, filling them with eggs and tadpoles in this protected area. Experts say this method can be very effective at restoring populations and I really hope it works. It would also be wonderful to see many more areas take this approach with their own frog populations.

Let's keep hoping for these little two-inch frogs! Have you read any other good frog news this week? Share it in the chat.

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