Last week we read about how frogs in New Guinea have been protected from the deadly chytid fungus somehow, and now we've heard about a new species that was also discovered in New Guinea! This new Pnocchio frog has an adorable little nose that suits its name and it even has a cute discovery story.
Most frog lovers know about the deadly chytid fungus that has been wiping out frog populations in various parts of the world, and its devastation seems inevitable. It's already destroyed at least 90 species and has lowered the population of 500 others. Scientists have been trying to combat the terrible disease without much luck, but now they may have some news that could help them out.
As much as we adore our animal companions, we have to admit that they don't come without their own risks. Most of the time, if we are decent animal caregivers, we can avoid these risks, but sometimes we can't. Giving dogs and cats innoculations, for example, not only keeps them healthier, but us, too--rabies vaccines are for humans as much as they are for dogs.
Between bullfrog introduction, fungal threats and other causes, the red-legged frog was killed off in Yosemite years ago. Experts say it was preventable, but there is some great news: the species has been reintroduced back into the park through a collaborative effort from the San Francisco Zoo, the National Park Service, Yosemite Conservancy, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.
Here at Frog Source, we love citizen science projects, especially the ones that let you help frog and toad populations! There are lots of projects you can take part in, but did you know that many states have their own local programs with which you can participate? Our local science center and zoo have their own projects, for example, and Wisconsin has an annual program for citizens to help out with, too.
When the bad guys become the good guys, it's like a Miyazaki movie, right? The Error of the Ways (TM) has been seen, the person makes a full 180 turn and everyone wins at the end. Unfortunately, life's much messier than that, and many of the 'bad guys' are really just people trying to make a living, and sometimes you can't even blame them when they're engaging in unethical behavior when there's a lousy job market to content with.
Every time a new frog species is dicovered, it seems like it's tinier than the last. No wonder it took us so long to find the frog in the first place! Many of these critters are as small as micromachine cars, if not smaller. The newest species found was discovered in Madagascar. Scientists found a total of five different species, but they're all teeny tiny.
Knowing that white nose syndrome has been killing so many bats has been awful, but now we know that another fungus is responsible for the death of many frogs, salamanders and toads across the globe as well. What is with these terrible deadly fungi?
Scientists previously thought that the Sehuencas water frog was down to one male, the last of its kind. When a group of biologists set out to find more of the frogs and were able to locate a handful of both male and female water frogs, you can imagine their joy! The frogs were found in Bolivia and present a chance to save the species.
World Frog Day was just a few days ago and the Guiness Book of World Records celebrated by sharing a bunch of fun froggy facts about record-breaking frogs! Did you know that there was a frog that probably ate dinosaurs? Known as the Devil's Toad, it was almost a foot and a half in length. Today's Goliath Frog is really almost as big!