The chytrid fungus has been threatening species around the world, their thin skin harmed by the aggressive disease. Since the fungus actually feeds on the flesh of the frogs, the creatures are unable to repair the damage inflicted during the infection. It renders the frogs inable to regulate their breathing and ability to drink, things that their skin is responsible for, as well as salt regulation.
As a lover of rabbits, I can tell you that my buns were not able to barf. Many animals can't, and while it can be a blessing, especially if you're used to cat hairballs everywhere or dogs eating and puking up random weirdness, it can also be a curse. How do you get unwanted items out if you can't barf?
It's not hard to picture the world's most famous frog, which has to be Kermit, right? Kermit the Frog is so well-known for his Muppet status and decades of music, merchandise, movies and TV shows. But there are plenty of other famous frogs who also deserve some love. Which ones do you know about?
Lovers of classic children's literature may well remember Toad from Frog and Toad!
Frog Thor is a bit of a comic joke but he still exisited!
This seems like it belongs on the Weird Animals page rather than Frog Source, but it's true that there are cannibalistic frogs in our world. Many animals exist as cannibals and it's really not that surprising; considering that humans are believed to be the only animals with an ethics system (although that could be debated within more developed animal groups, particularly when you consider many humans don't even seem to have a moral compass!), why would it seem weird for a frog to eat another frog?
Researchers claim that female frogs prefer frogs from city environments to those in the country. Researchers in Panama examined the different types of frogs that females responded to the most and discovered that the frogs from the most urban areas attracted the most females overall. It's being dubbed "irrationality," but you have to wonder. Maybe the city frogs have more culture and panache. They've probably got better stories to tell and they can take you to the opera, amirite?
If traveling to the Smithsonian National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute is on your to-do list, you're in for a treat: the zoo recently aquired new red eye tree frogs! They are located in the zoo's Reptile Discovery Center and they may be breeding the frogs in the future once they reach maturity.
Aren't animal adaptations remarkable? I'm always amazed to see a critter whose eyes have simply evolved to not work in a dark environment, or something venomous that lives with poison in it, making it deadly to everything but itself. The water frog of Titicaca has adapted to the lake's high altitudes with flaps of super baggy skin in order to help it take in the oxygen it needs to survive.
Frogs are known as nature's alarm system. Since their bodies readily absorb toxic materials from the enviornment, causing them to sometimes grow abnormal or extra limbs as a result and tell scientists what's wrong in their habitat. Frogs that lose limbs can sometimes grow back bits and pieces of them, but scientists have now developed a bioreactor device that actually helps African dwarf frogs regenerate their limbs completely.
Do you know why frogs can leap so powerfully and high? The fact that frog legs act like well-oiled hinges is pretty well known, but there's really more to it than that. The power, according to Dr. Chris Richards, who has studied the movement via simultion in order to determine if it was an evolutionary need or not, comes not from the joints themselves but from the frogs' own leg muscles.
I love the blog The Kid Should See This, and if you don't follow it, you should at least check it out! It's a curated selection of cool science, music and art videos that might be intended for a youthful audience, but the videos aren't "kiddie videos." They are videos everyone can enjoy, and many of them are about frogs.