Between bullfrog introduction, fungal threats and other causes, the red-legged frog was killed off in Yosemite years ago. Experts say it was preventable, but there is some great news: the species has been reintroduced back into the park through a collaborative effort from the San Francisco Zoo, the National Park Service, Yosemite Conservancy, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.
Here at Frog Source, we love citizen science projects, especially the ones that let you help frog and toad populations! There are lots of projects you can take part in, but did you know that many states have their own local programs with which you can participate? Our local science center and zoo have their own projects, for example, and Wisconsin has an annual program for citizens to help out with, too.
When the bad guys become the good guys, it's like a Miyazaki movie, right? The Error of the Ways (TM) has been seen, the person makes a full 180 turn and everyone wins at the end. Unfortunately, life's much messier than that, and many of the 'bad guys' are really just people trying to make a living, and sometimes you can't even blame them when they're engaging in unethical behavior when there's a lousy job market to content with.
Every time a new frog species is dicovered, it seems like it's tinier than the last. No wonder it took us so long to find the frog in the first place! Many of these critters are as small as micromachine cars, if not smaller. The newest species found was discovered in Madagascar. Scientists found a total of five different species, but they're all teeny tiny.
Knowing that white nose syndrome has been killing so many bats has been awful, but now we know that another fungus is responsible for the death of many frogs, salamanders and toads across the globe as well. What is with these terrible deadly fungi?
Scientists previously thought that the Sehuencas water frog was down to one male, the last of its kind. When a group of biologists set out to find more of the frogs and were able to locate a handful of both male and female water frogs, you can imagine their joy! The frogs were found in Bolivia and present a chance to save the species.
World Frog Day was just a few days ago and the Guiness Book of World Records celebrated by sharing a bunch of fun froggy facts about record-breaking frogs! Did you know that there was a frog that probably ate dinosaurs? Known as the Devil's Toad, it was almost a foot and a half in length. Today's Goliath Frog is really almost as big!
If there's hope for humanity, maybe it lies in the newly discovered frogs that we see every day. It seems like every time we turn around there's a new cute species of frog that's not only tiny but adorable, like this Starry Dwarf Frog. The frog has a "galaxy of stars" on its back, making it one of the cutest things I've ever seen.
I don't think I'll ever get tired of new animals being discovered, will you? With recent news reports coming in about everything from mass extinctions of large animals to insects pretty much being wiped out within the next hundred years or so, I'll take every new species I can get. This new dwarf species of frog found in Ethiopia is both a welcome find and a cutie!
It's not enough that the poor frogs are facing endangered satus, habitat destruction, mutation from all of the pollutants in our environment and more. Their enemies in the animal kingdom are also causing them problems. An Australian slug can glue its frog opponents to trees, leaving the frogs vulnerable for days. The slug's slime is incredibly sticky, enough to hold a fully grown frog on a tree branch for days at a time.