Amphibians

Habitat Protection for Frogs

Humans might act like we have the right of way when it comes to the traffic of life, but we certainly weren't here first and just because we can flush a toilet doesn't mean we deserve real estate more than any other critter who walks, slithers or hops across the planet. The Supreme Court is about to hear a case not pushing for frog protection but for protections be revoked in Louisiana and Mississippi.

The Wood Frogs Return

As many frogs as we hear about dying out or becoming endangered, we often forget that there are some species of frogs that are so productive that they in less danger of being wiped out. Wood frogs, for example, begin mating within two days of coming out of hibernation, ensuring that they not only get the choice spots of water in which to breed but also that their numbers don't dwindle.

Fungus is Killing Frogs

The chytrid fungus is a terrible, deadly disease that kills frogs. It adheres to their skin while it's wet and grows, putting down roots and restricting frogs from absorbing air and water. It's a killer of frogs and is able to cause extinction through simply exisiting. It also causes terrible pain and suffering to the frogs, suffocating them while causing them to form ulcers, bleed and fail to control their body temperatures.

A Fun Frog Unit to Explore

Are you doing a frog unit study at home or school? It's spring peepers season and you're just in time for a fun pond study or frog unit. This cute frog theme from Schooling a Monkey has a bunch of great young child and early elementary activities you can adapt for your children, classroom or group. The blog is one of my favorites for homeschooling ideas and I think there's something in this one for everyone.

Glass Frogs

Ever heard of Diane's Bare-Hearted Glass Frog? The Glassfrog hails from Costa Rica and looks just like it's name: clear glass. You can see right through the frog's skin, and the frog, which is only the size of a quarter, is practically a living science lesson. You can view all of the frog's internal organs just by looking at it.

Cat Pets Tiny Frog

You have to wonder if the cat in this photo is contemplating eating the tree frog, but it still makes for an adorable photographic moment. The cat, called Rin-chan, sure looked chummy with the little frog when they met, reaching out to pet the little creature and warming hearts across the Internet in the process. There's even a cute video where you can see it in process.

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