It's not every day when a man has a frog named after him, but Stanley Kubrick was just given that honor. Had Kubrick been alive to accept it, would he be happy? It's kind of hard to tell with the enigmatic director but the frog itself is pretty cool. It's inspired by his famous film, A Clockwork Orange. Kubrick's frog, as it is known, is from the Amazon Basin.
What if you could freeze through the entire winter (so frozen you "clink"!) and you stayed that way until summertime? That's what the beloved wood frog of New York does! Their bodies produce a substance that is similar to antifreeze, allowing them to remain frozen until winter is finally over.
Are you going to be snowed in or otherwise indoors sometime soon? Maybe you're even bored today. If so, try making this easy paper frog craft out of construction paper. It's a quick and fun activity that you can actually play with when you finish, so it's great for the kids, babysitting or just for kicks.
It's difficult to tell whether or not an animal is being raped sometimes, especially when a female tries to attract a mate with some kind of sex foam only to attract a bunch of mates who have sex with her so much at all once that they drown or crush her to death. It sure sounds like rape to me, but the rules are different among different species. But wait, it gets worse.
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.