Another week, another frog finding: this time, the new frog, affectionaly known as the "stone frog," was spotted in Vietnam. It gets its name from its extremely bumpy back, which looks a lot like a pile of rocks. The species, a stone leaf-litter frog, was thought to be a part of another species when found in 2013, but DNA tests prove that it's a new species to humans. Like many frogs, it faces extinction and researchers are already requesting its protection.
If you think you couldn't love frogs enough or that you've already got a favorite, think again! There is a fluorescent tree frog on the scene and it is not only teeny tiny and cute, but it also glows in the dark! The frog, known as the polka dot tree frog, not only features these cute little spots, but it also glows when you shine ultraviolet rays on it in the dark.
Croaks, whistles, groans and even barking are all part of the calling vocabulary. Each species has its own specific litany that makes identification easy - at least for experts. With their well-developed vocal chords, it appears frogs have plenty to say about a variety of things.
These leafy-looking amphibians are found along streams in the forests of Argentina and Chile. In addition to their perfectly camouflaged shape, they also will play dead when threatened. While on the hunt for prey, which includes small insects, they’re always in danger of larger predators, namely reptiles and rodents. Naturally, it was their namesake - Charles Darwin - who first identified them during one of his voyages.
The Washington town of Snohomish uses a bullfrog named Snohomish Slew to decide if they are going to get another six weeks of traditional winter...soggy and foggy...or the more springlike gray skies and breezy. It's Washington folks, not Palm Springs.
The frog is brought out from his home at Just Frogs Toads Too Amphibian Centers and experts in frog dialect decipher the ribbets into something resembling a prediction. Last year, apparently, Slew was much more vocal, but this year the frog clammed up, so the prediction is unclear.