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.
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.
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.
Frog lover, if you also have a soft spot for moss, then you MUST check out a moss frog! There is a huge variety of these critters and they look so much like moss that when they are hiding you can't even find them. Check this one out--it's almost like a mossy seahorse!
Modern technology has given scientists many outlets to help them prevent animals from dying of extinction. While it's too bad that such gadgetry doesn't do much for human behavior itself, there are lots of things it can do to help change that behavior. Some scientists decided to take out a dating ad for a captive Sehuencas water frog, for example!
If you're not familiar with Australia's critically endangered species the Corroboree frog, look it up. It's a gorgeous creature that is about to become exctinct without intervention. A fungus has been wiping the species out and it's been difficult to stop the spread and save the frogs, leaving scientists to wonder about how to save them otherwise.
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.
Did you know that frogs can count? According to new scientific research, not only are cats possibly still as smart as dogs (or smarter!) but both frogs and fish can count, proving that they're more than mindless "feeder" critters like many people believe.
Teeny tiny things are the cutest and this frog, the Paedophryne amauensis, is one of the tiniest creatures you'll ever see in your life. It was recently discovered just a few years ago in Papua New Guinea and it is only 7 mm long. My family and I saw an exhibit featuring the frog and promptly wanted three of our own. Of course we don't have the frogs... but don't you want one!
The dusky gopher frog is a beautiful and very rare species that needs human intervention in order to be saved from extinction. The frog is native to Louisiana where scientists hope to create a protected haven for the amphibian in order to protect it and keep it alive for as long as possible.