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Some Tree Frogs Are Mated to Death

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.

Nonnative Frogs Increase Nonnative Birds in Hawaii

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.

A Habitat Fit for Frogs

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!

Hairy Frogs!

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.

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