You may have already known that certain types of frogs can change their color, but were you aware of the fact that hundreds of male frogs can perform this amazing feat? Even more incredible is the fact that their ability to hold the bright colors can last anywhere between a few hours to a few weeks!
Did you know that a single poison dart frog has enough juice to kill 20,000 mice? With that much power surging through it, you'd think the frog would be a danger to itself and other frogs around it, but luckily a convenient adaptation keeps the frog from accidentally committing suicide. It's actually immune to its own poison!
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!