All of nature is connected, and butterflies and frogs seem to go hand-in-hand when it comes to habitat growth as well as destruction. The loss of monarch butterflies should make us deeply concerned to begin with, but it should also raise a flag regarding what that loss means for other species, too. With a 99% decline in the species throughout recent years, we can't help but wonder whether or not it's even possible to recover the species from these terrible losses.
Many frog owners keep real plants in their frog habitat to give their frogs a more natural setting in which to live. Some opt for fake plants, which can be easier to care for, and there are pros and cons to both. Personally I've always preferred live plants, even though I can often kill them (sorry, plants!), and there are always so many aquatic ones to choose from that I've never felt limited in making a decision... until now.
The chytrid fungus has been threatening species around the world, their thin skin harmed by the aggressive disease. Since the fungus actually feeds on the flesh of the frogs, the creatures are unable to repair the damage inflicted during the infection. It renders the frogs inable to regulate their breathing and ability to drink, things that their skin is responsible for, as well as salt regulation.
As a lover of rabbits, I can tell you that my buns were not able to barf. Many animals can't, and while it can be a blessing, especially if you're used to cat hairballs everywhere or dogs eating and puking up random weirdness, it can also be a curse. How do you get unwanted items out if you can't barf?
It's not hard to picture the world's most famous frog, which has to be Kermit, right? Kermit the Frog is so well-known for his Muppet status and decades of music, merchandise, movies and TV shows. But there are plenty of other famous frogs who also deserve some love. Which ones do you know about?
Lovers of classic children's literature may well remember Toad from Frog and Toad!
Frog Thor is a bit of a comic joke but he still exisited!
This seems like it belongs on the Weird Animals page rather than Frog Source, but it's true that there are cannibalistic frogs in our world. Many animals exist as cannibals and it's really not that surprising; considering that humans are believed to be the only animals with an ethics system (although that could be debated within more developed animal groups, particularly when you consider many humans don't even seem to have a moral compass!), why would it seem weird for a frog to eat another frog?
As a teen, I loved frogs so much. My boyfriend would pick me up stuffed frogs all of the time, but there weren't many options in terms of frog clothing. We'd have to wait until summer to go to Six Flags and get Peace Frogs gear if we wanted shirts and stickers, but the Internet changed all of that!
Researchers claim that female frogs prefer frogs from city environments to those in the country. Researchers in Panama examined the different types of frogs that females responded to the most and discovered that the frogs from the most urban areas attracted the most females overall. It's being dubbed "irrationality," but you have to wonder. Maybe the city frogs have more culture and panache. They've probably got better stories to tell and they can take you to the opera, amirite?
If traveling to the Smithsonian National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute is on your to-do list, you're in for a treat: the zoo recently aquired new red eye tree frogs! They are located in the zoo's Reptile Discovery Center and they may be breeding the frogs in the future once they reach maturity.
Aren't animal adaptations remarkable? I'm always amazed to see a critter whose eyes have simply evolved to not work in a dark environment, or something venomous that lives with poison in it, making it deadly to everything but itself. The water frog of Titicaca has adapted to the lake's high altitudes with flaps of super baggy skin in order to help it take in the oxygen it needs to survive.