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?
Up until now, we've always assumed that only mammals and birds utilize mental mapping, placing us at the highest order of thought within the animal kingdom. It's an idea that reinforces how much we "deserve" to be at the top of the food chain, especially to those of us who eat meat, pollute (who doesn't do that?) and understand what we've done to this poor planet. Every day more insight into various species unveils how wrong we are about so many things, and the limitations we perceive regarding animal thought processes continue to crack on a daily basis as new research emerges.
Last week we read about how frogs in New Guinea have been protected from the deadly chytid fungus somehow, and now we've heard about a new species that was also discovered in New Guinea! This new Pnocchio frog has an adorable little nose that suits its name and it even has a cute discovery story.
Most frog lovers know about the deadly chytid fungus that has been wiping out frog populations in various parts of the world, and its devastation seems inevitable. It's already destroyed at least 90 species and has lowered the population of 500 others. Scientists have been trying to combat the terrible disease without much luck, but now they may have some news that could help them out.
An invasion of frogs sounds like something out of a fantasy novel, sci-fi film or a mad person's ravings, but it happens during some weather events. Right now between spring storms and frog migration patterns we're due to see a lot of frogs making their way into human areas, but having 150 tiny frogs inside your home has to be weird.
As much as we adore our animal companions, we have to admit that they don't come without their own risks. Most of the time, if we are decent animal caregivers, we can avoid these risks, but sometimes we can't. Giving dogs and cats innoculations, for example, not only keeps them healthier, but us, too--rabies vaccines are for humans as much as they are for dogs.