Architects are using animal adaptations as inspiration for modern buildings and it's such incredible innovation that you can only sit back and be amazed by it! The African Reed Frog's ability to change color to reflect light and keep the animal cool is being used as a part of building planning, as are many other animal adaptations.
We had an adorable frog one summer who loved to hang out near the porch light if it was cold outside at night, well into the fall. We loved to see if he was there, just hanging out on a ledge, taking advantage of the warmth and bugs! The other night my dogs brought a locust in the house, of all things, and I scolded them, thinking it was a frog.
It's not as if all frogs have been saved from certain doom, but at least these frogs, which were near it recently, are being recovered through conservation efforts at Yosemite. After three years, scientists were able to help repopulate the red-legged frog species, which had been eliminated previously due to an invasive species in the area.
Human beings can be the greatest disappointment as well as the best hope for a species. Consider the Loa Water Frog: researchers believe they've found and rescued the last 14 frogs of the species from a dried-up stream in Chile where humans were illegally extracting water, causing them to run out of habitat and die.
As kids, we're taught that there's a lot that separates us from the rest of the beasts, from opposable thumbs to the ability to use tools. The older I get, though, the more I see that these thumbs can be pretty overrated, and all kinds of species use tools to accomplish tasks. Many animals even build better than humans seem to be able to do! Take the Goliath frog, for example.
My best friend told me the story of how her mother found a scorpion once while cutting open a head of lettuce! Since then I've been so careful when I chop up mine it's ridiculous. What are the odds, right? Well, they're probably super low, but there are plenty of people who find critters in their salads every day.
First of all, don't go chasing poisonous frogs. It's not a good idea unless you're a trained professional, so don't do it. That said, if you're interested in seeing how the professionals actually do it, here is a very interesting video! Apparently a clear plastic bottle and a pair of gloves are the truly crucial ingredients.
New frog species are always exciting to find, so when student Veronica Urgiles helped to discover not one but two species, she had to have felt excited. The frog lover didn't only find them, but she was even able to help describe and name the amphibians, one of which she chose to name after her professor.
It's not really a symbiotic relationship, since the frogs don't particularly help the elephants back, but have you ever thought about how elephant prints help other animals? I've read about how elephants eat so much grass that their droppings make great recycled paper; in fact, I bought some for my teen once and they loved it. It turns out that the footprints left behind by elephants are extremely helpful for another animal--frogs!
As more frog species die out, we have fewer chances of seeing these incredible creatures before they're gone for good. Nat Geo has a great video featuring some of the frogs that you'll want to take a look at before they're gone for good, mostly due to the chytrid fungus that's resulting in a mass extinction of frogs worldwide. It's not really a great video, is it?