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.
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.