If you've ever wondered how amphibians like frogs survive the winter months, the answer is pretty simple: many of them hibernate. They sleep through winter, slowing down their metabolisms and living off stored energy much like you imagine many other animals doing through the colder months.
The coqui is adorable, but it's not meant to be in Hawaii. My Puerto Rican Spanish teacher used to talk about the cute frog that is named after its call, but she never mentioned that it also lives in Hawaii. They were accidentally brought to the state, but more than 91,000 of them live there now where they've rapidly spread. Luckily the native bird populations haven't really changed due to the presence of the non-native frogs, but something weird has still happened.
For many years, FrogWatch USA has encouraged citizens to help monitor frog activities in the United States, assisting scientists in tracking and studying frogs. Now citizens in Australia are also being encouraged to do the same with the country's first national frog count program.
Okay, so salamanders aren't frogs, but they are amphibians and many frog lovers like them, too. So it's with great pleasure that I'd like to tell you about this great news! The Jackson's climbing salamander was thought to be extinct when it was last seen four decades ago. Now scientists know that the beautiful species is alive in Guatemala.
If you're a big lover of frogs, you may want to make sure that your yard is a great place for them to live, too. Making a frog-happy habitat is a wonderful and easy project we can all do to help foster growth in the dwindling frog populations. To create a safe haven for frogs, try the following:
Keep logs, leaves and other "natural debris" handy so frogs have a place to forage and stay hidden and safe. This may mean not raking at least part of your yard!
Given that it's almost Halloween, how about learning a bit about the horror frog? Also known as the wolverine frog or the hairy frog (my daughter dubbed it the werewolf frog, which is way better), it's an animal that breaks its own bones to grow bone claws (hence the Wolverine reference) and forces the claws through its footpads, a defense mechanism it performs whenever it feels threatened.
As frog lovers, we hate to see anyone harm a frog, even in the name of science. Dissecting a frog is practically a rite of passage for high school students finishing up biology 2 or anatomy class, so how do we offer up more humane options?
The tiny pumpkin toadlet may be the most adorable thing you see today. Sadly, like many small frogs, it's also endangered due to habitat loss, but it has even more than that stacked against it: it can't even hear potential mates calling, which makes it really difficult for this frog to breed. It gets sadder. They don't even know that their attempts to call a mate is futile.
You may have already known that certain types of frogs can change their color, but were you aware of the fact that hundreds of male frogs can perform this amazing feat? Even more incredible is the fact that their ability to hold the bright colors can last anywhere between a few hours to a few weeks!
Did you know that a single poison dart frog has enough juice to kill 20,000 mice? With that much power surging through it, you'd think the frog would be a danger to itself and other frogs around it, but luckily a convenient adaptation keeps the frog from accidentally committing suicide. It's actually immune to its own poison!