Amphibians

3-D Tech Makes Frogs Available to All

Have you ever wished you could view different frogs in 3-D? Whether you are a student, a researcher or just a froggy fan, you need to check out the new Frogs of the World exhbit that Cameron Siler, the assistant curator of herpetology and assistant professor of biology at the University of Oklahoma, has released. This collection of frogs includes some species that are rare or endangered, helping scientists maintain a profile of the frogs even after they are long gone.

Ribbit the Exhibit

 

The Atlanta Botanical Gardens is home to a fun new exhibit to frog lovers. Known as Ribbit the Exhibit, the feature includes 23 fun frog sculptures that are sure to delight and amaze people young and old. Created by artist Andy Cobb, the exhibit will run now through July 15, so be sure to stop in soon to see the sculptures, which are made from copper and are anywhere from 32 inches to 6 feet tall.

There are plenty of fun activities to accompany the exhibit as well, from children’s activities to a scavenger hunt.

Stopping for Frogs

Ask any animal lover and they’ll likely be able to tell you a story about stopping in traffic to help a turtle cross the road in the spring time. You know the rule: always take the animal in the direction it was already heading or you’re wasting both your time and the creature’s time. It’s being instinctively driven by a water source, chance for reproduction or another primal urge, not traffic!

Clawed Versus Dwarf

If you've ever had an African Dwarf Frog as a pet, you know how cute they are, and you know how easy it is to care for this species. But did you know that they are often confused as African clawed frogs? If you want to make sure you have a true Dwarf frog, check for differences like these...

Front and back webbed feet. While the clawed frog has digits on two limbs, the dwarf variety has all webbed feet.

Another New Frog Find

Another week, another frog finding: this time, the new frog, affectionaly known as the "stone frog," was spotted in Vietnam. It gets its name from its extremely bumpy back, which looks a lot like a pile of rocks. The species, a stone leaf-litter frog, was thought to be a part of another species when found in 2013, but DNA tests prove that it's a new species to humans. Like many frogs, it faces extinction and researchers are already requesting its protection.

Fluorescent Tree Frog Transcends Adorability

If you think you couldn't love frogs enough or that you've already got a favorite, think again! There is a fluorescent tree frog on the scene and it is not only teeny tiny and cute, but it also glows in the dark! The frog, known as the polka dot tree frog, not only features these cute little spots, but it also glows when you shine ultraviolet rays on it in the dark.

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