If the thought of losing a frog species makes you depressed, you're not alone. Millions of people love frogs and want to protect them, but their future seems so bleak. What can we really do about endangered frogs and other species?
If you are a frog lover, it may be time to become an anti-pesticide advocate. We already know about many of the harms that pesticides can have on our own health, but did you know that frogs, while very adaptable to deal with pesticides, are also harmed through their use? When frogs become acclimated to pesticides in their environment, they also become more vulnerable to other risk factors that threaten them.
Frog lovers often have their favorite frogs that they enjoy following. They may collect items representing that frog, like stickers or stuffed animals, and watch the frog in the media. There are so many cute frogs to choose from, but everyone seems to have a favorite.
Frog lovers may rejoice when they hear that nearly 2 million acres are being used to help save frog habitat and preserve the dwindling numbers of several species of frogs, but Sierra Nevada ranchers and loggers aren't happy about the news. They say that the protections placed on the land make it much harder for them to do business, which threatens their livelihood.
If you're bummed about the dinosaurs being wiped out but you love frogs, maybe it will perk you up to know that without the mass extinction that took place, frogs would not have thrived nearly as well as they have. 9 out of 10 frog species were able to grow and evolve while the larger animals died out, largely because frogs can hide beneath the earth and survive.
A species of frog that was previously believed to be extinct is no longer gone, thanks to the finding of a young boy in Ecuador. The frog, the Jambato harlequin frog, had not been seen for three decades until the boy ran across his discovery. Since the frog is able to be bred in captivity, it has a much greater chance of survival.
Each week, we talk about different types of frogs and our favorites, but what about the creatures that consume frogs? Sure, humans do it, but plenty of other animals do it, too. There are the common frog eaters like hawks and snakes but there are lots of animals that eat frogs that are also quite surprising. For example, there are praying mantises that eat frogs on six different continents. Otters really enjoy eating frogs, as do some species of larger frogs.
It's unlikely that you'll run into the world's smallest frog this summer, but you'll certainly see all kinds of interesting frogs throughout the summer months. One summer we had a frog who enjoyed living above our front door. He was attracted to the bugs that flew around our porch light!
With new frog species discovered every month, you might think that the frog population is just growing, not shrinking. Science tells us that frogs are possibly next in line when it comes to extinction, though, and a lot of the frogs being "discovered" are simply new species that looked like other species previously discovered already. Nevertheless, it's always exciting to find a new species of frog.
Keeping and caring for tadpoles is a cool opportunity to watch frogs grow and develop for families, friends and even school groups. Different states have different laws about keeping tadpoles, though, so be sure to check if it's okay for you to do so before you buy all of your materials!