Amphibians

Pesticides Leave Frogs Vulnerable to Parasites

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.

Selling Frogs for Their Own Protection

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. 

What eats frogs?

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. 

Frogs As Pets

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!

Deadly Frogs Exhibit

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.

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