If the thought of losing a frog species makes you depressed, you're not alone. Millions of people love frogs and want to protect them, but their future seems so bleak. What can we really do about endangered frogs and other species?
If you are a frog lover, it may be time to become an anti-pesticide advocate. We already know about many of the harms that pesticides can have on our own health, but did you know that frogs, while very adaptable to deal with pesticides, are also harmed through their use? When frogs become acclimated to pesticides in their environment, they also become more vulnerable to other risk factors that threaten them.
If you're bummed about the dinosaurs being wiped out but you love frogs, maybe it will perk you up to know that without the mass extinction that took place, frogs would not have thrived nearly as well as they have. 9 out of 10 frog species were able to grow and evolve while the larger animals died out, largely because frogs can hide beneath the earth and survive.
The scientists of Ecuador are doing something very interesting in order to protect rare species of frogs. They have decided to join poachers in selling frogs, but they are doing it on a much more expensive level at $600 a pop. They are raising 12 different species in captivity and selling them to Canada, the United States, Japan and various European countries to help curb their sale on the black market.
A species of frog that was previously believed to be extinct is no longer gone, thanks to the finding of a young boy in Ecuador. The frog, the Jambato harlequin frog, had not been seen for three decades until the boy ran across his discovery. Since the frog is able to be bred in captivity, it has a much greater chance of survival.
Each week, we talk about different types of frogs and our favorites, but what about the creatures that consume frogs? Sure, humans do it, but plenty of other animals do it, too. There are the common frog eaters like hawks and snakes but there are lots of animals that eat frogs that are also quite surprising. For example, there are praying mantises that eat frogs on six different continents. Otters really enjoy eating frogs, as do some species of larger frogs.
It's unlikely that you'll run into the world's smallest frog this summer, but you'll certainly see all kinds of interesting frogs throughout the summer months. One summer we had a frog who enjoyed living above our front door. He was attracted to the bugs that flew around our porch light!
Keeping and caring for tadpoles is a cool opportunity to watch frogs grow and develop for families, friends and even school groups. Different states have different laws about keeping tadpoles, though, so be sure to check if it's okay for you to do so before you buy all of your materials!
Sure, you love frogs, and you'd do anything to protect them, but would you keep them as pets? Plenty of people keep frogs as pets and already know that they can be rewarding and fun family companions. Frog care is not complicted, but like the care for many pets, it is time consuming if you want a healthy, happy frog!
If you love frogs and you live near or are traveling to Long Beach anytime soon, you should defintiely check out the Aquarium of the Pacific this weekend. A new exhibit is opening up that features over 12 species of frogs, including the ever-popular blue poison dart frog! The exhibit is known as "Frogs: Dazzling and Disappearing," and it isn't limited to frogs. Other amphibians will also be on display.