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.
What if you could freeze through the entire winter (so frozen you "clink"!) and you stayed that way until summertime? That's what the beloved wood frog of New York does! Their bodies produce a substance that is similar to antifreeze, allowing them to remain frozen until winter is finally over.
It's so weird and wacky looking that it's kind of adorable. The Shovelnose frog, which hails from sub-Saharan Africa, has the face of a bitter old man whose neighbor's kids won't stay out of his azaelas, the body of a potato and spots. If that's not intriguing, what is? The frog isn't a poisonous variety, but when it's under stress it can secrete a toxic substance that's not very pleasant.
When you think of poison dart frogs, you probably think of colorful creatures who are pretty to look at, but perhaps not the best choice of animal companion. You probably don't think of them as a potential medical breakthrough, but researchers are looking at them as a potential study into human addiction treatment.
For many years, FrogWatch USA has encouraged citizens to help monitor frog activities in the United States, assisting scientists in tracking and studying frogs. Now citizens in Australia are also being encouraged to do the same with the country's first national frog count program.
If you're hoping to get a pet frog, you should know that there's not a whole lot you can do with these creatures. They are really fun to watch and you can design gorgeous habitats for them, but many of them aren't very active. The "fatter" frogs are especially underwhelming, but the aquatic frogs and leaner, tree frogs might keep you entertained.
Okay, so salamanders aren't frogs, but they are amphibians and many frog lovers like them, too. So it's with great pleasure that I'd like to tell you about this great news! The Jackson's climbing salamander was thought to be extinct when it was last seen four decades ago. Now scientists know that the beautiful species is alive in Guatemala.
The tiny pumpkin toadlet may be the most adorable thing you see today. Sadly, like many small frogs, it's also endangered due to habitat loss, but it has even more than that stacked against it: it can't even hear potential mates calling, which makes it really difficult for this frog to breed. It gets sadder. They don't even know that their attempts to call a mate is futile.