Not every pet owner buys gifts for their creatures in crime, which is fine; pets don't know it's their birthday or the holidas (as far as we know!). But for those of us who love to spoil our critters with something special here and there, it can be really fun to pick out something we know they'll absolutely love. It's fun to watch them enjoy what we pick out for them, too.
Every holiday season, there's an inevitable spread of articles and advice about pet adoption--even when it comes to frogs. "Don't get an animal as a gift!" we're all warned, and it's actually really good advice if you're thinking of getting a pet for a child or someone who isn't very knowledgeable about frogs. That said, if your frog lover has done their work and really knows how to care for a pet, and you are sure they're capable, it's really not that big of a deal to get them the frog as a gift.
Most of the time, when I see a frog it's a teeny, tiny thing. The biggest frogs I see where we live are the size of two quarters or less, even though I know that the American bullfrog is the largest frog around. It's certainly not the largest frog in the world, though.
Frog lovers who follow Frog Source know that we've talked a lot about the deadly chytrid fungus that wipes out frogs at an alarming rate, and today we found out about some disturbing news regarding the fungus. The one consolation that we had regarding the disease was that it only survived in cold climates, which would have kept it contained to the mountainous areas researchers previously found it in.
The other day I saw a frog skeleton decoration and thought about how I've never seen frogs as spooky creatures. I've always loved to catch them and let them back go or just look at them outside, and I've even had frogs as pets, so it's weird to me that they'd be seen as so creepy. That said, it makes sense when you think of them as ingredients in "witches brew" along with eye of newt or whatever.
Many fathers in the animal kingdom present some pretty lofty dad goals, proving that caring fathers exist in many different species--even if it's only to ensure the survival of their own offspring. Poison frogs, or poison dart frogs, are a great example of dads who spend a lot of their time and energy ensuring their chilren's safety and best chance.
We're always looking for ways to help the environment, animals and really anyone who needs it, but sometimes it can be really difficult--especially if you don't have unlimited time or funds. That's why endeavors like this one from the Oregon Wildlife Foundation are so important. By selling these special license plates to benefit frogs, they will give citizens the ability to pitch in a little to save a lot.
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.