Frog lovers who follow Frog Source know that we've talked a lot about the deadly chytrid fungus that wipes out frogs at an alarming rate, and today we found out about some disturbing news regarding the fungus. The one consolation that we had regarding the disease was that it only survived in cold climates, which would have kept it contained to the mountainous areas researchers previously found it in.
Many fathers in the animal kingdom present some pretty lofty dad goals, proving that caring fathers exist in many different species--even if it's only to ensure the survival of their own offspring. Poison frogs, or poison dart frogs, are a great example of dads who spend a lot of their time and energy ensuring their chilren's safety and best chance.
We're always looking for ways to help the environment, animals and really anyone who needs it, but sometimes it can be really difficult--especially if you don't have unlimited time or funds. That's why endeavors like this one from the Oregon Wildlife Foundation are so important. By selling these special license plates to benefit frogs, they will give citizens the ability to pitch in a little to save a lot.
Architects are using animal adaptations as inspiration for modern buildings and it's such incredible innovation that you can only sit back and be amazed by it! The African Reed Frog's ability to change color to reflect light and keep the animal cool is being used as a part of building planning, as are many other animal adaptations.
We had an adorable frog one summer who loved to hang out near the porch light if it was cold outside at night, well into the fall. We loved to see if he was there, just hanging out on a ledge, taking advantage of the warmth and bugs! The other night my dogs brought a locust in the house, of all things, and I scolded them, thinking it was a frog.
It's not as if all frogs have been saved from certain doom, but at least these frogs, which were near it recently, are being recovered through conservation efforts at Yosemite. After three years, scientists were able to help repopulate the red-legged frog species, which had been eliminated previously due to an invasive species in the area.
Human beings can be the greatest disappointment as well as the best hope for a species. Consider the Loa Water Frog: researchers believe they've found and rescued the last 14 frogs of the species from a dried-up stream in Chile where humans were illegally extracting water, causing them to run out of habitat and die.
As kids, we're taught that there's a lot that separates us from the rest of the beasts, from opposable thumbs to the ability to use tools. The older I get, though, the more I see that these thumbs can be pretty overrated, and all kinds of species use tools to accomplish tasks. Many animals even build better than humans seem to be able to do! Take the Goliath frog, for example.
First of all, don't go chasing poisonous frogs. It's not a good idea unless you're a trained professional, so don't do it. That said, if you're interested in seeing how the professionals actually do it, here is a very interesting video! Apparently a clear plastic bottle and a pair of gloves are the truly crucial ingredients.
New frog species are always exciting to find, so when student Veronica Urgiles helped to discover not one but two species, she had to have felt excited. The frog lover didn't only find them, but she was even able to help describe and name the amphibians, one of which she chose to name after her professor.