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Mossy Frog

This Creature Got Creative with Camo

Before you look down and inspect that mossy rock, you might want to think twice. It may be alive. Actually, you probably won’t run into the Mossy Frog as it’s native to Vietnam. As with many other amphibian species, it’s also endangered.

This fairly small frog is partially aquatic and a tree-dweller. A member of the Rhacophoridae family, it falls into a group also known as “bush” frogs. Some of them fly. But our featured Mossy frog is just that: its skin is a bumpy, lumpy mass of black and green that provides the perfect camouflage from predators.

Hula Painted Frog - Back from Beyond Extinction

First Frog Sighting Since the 1950s

Just this past November, a sighting of the Hula Painted Frog made big news. With good reason to believe this species had become extinct, the lone female literally jumped into view. Also known as Israel Painted Frogs, this species once thrived in and around the marshes of Lake Hula.

The story behind the Hula frog sighting is a fascinating one that involves decades of events, both good and bad. By the mid-1950s, malaria was an issue that Israeli officials hoped to resolve by draining the lake. In the process, however, the ecosystem took a real hit and the imbalance led to many species heading toward the brink of extinction. While it may have seemed to be a wise move for officials, conservationists knew otherwise: it was the frogs in the area that consumed malaria-bearing mosquitoes.

Coqui Frogs Causing Trouble

In Hawaii, These Small Amphibians are Receiving Big Complaints

Coqui frogs are actually a group of species native to Puerto Rico and other Caribbean islands. They're in no danger of extinction and over time have adapted to other areas including southern U.S. regions and South America. Its name means "little frog," but it's getting big attention as an invader in Hawaii, namely on Maui, Oahu, Kauai, and the Big Island.

Frog Dissection Goes Digital

Some Schools are Saying Goodbye to Formaldehyde

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Those who had the honor of dissecting a frog in science class probably remember the aroma of formaldehyde (like, forever). In earlier days, we never questioned the act. We just took a dive with the scalpel without concerns for animal rights. Of course, there were always a few kids who got squeamish over the whole ordeal - and they just opened themselves up to ridicule.

The Golden Poison Dart Frog

This Amphibian Packs a Deadly Punch

True to its name, the Golden Poison Dart Frog is a lovely shade of yellow. Batrachotoxin is its not-so-secret weapon and this poison is enough to take out animals and humans. Poison dart frogs (or poison arrow frogs) in general are all colorful creatures by nature. They're not venomous in the normal way (like a snake using venom to kill prey), but instead produce the poison through glands in their skin merely as self protection.

Home Sweet Home

Creating a Home Frog Habitat

The type of home you provide for a pet frog depends on the species. Before you select your next amphibian pet, here are a few tips on setting up a perfect habitat that will help them thrive while you enjoy the view.

Four types of housing arrangements are available for frogs. These are each easy to set up, but some will require more maintenance than others.

Pet Frogs: Picking The Best

Three Popular Species for Beginners

Choosing a pet frog is easy, but selecting the right one is a little tougher. Do you want a species that is active or just sits around, especially after it's been fed? What about those that become livewires at night and snooze while you're awake? Then there are species that need to hibernate when it's cold or that require certain temperatures to thrive. The business of enjoying frogs is not so simple after all.

Best Pet Frog Species

The Ornate Horned Frog offers plenty of viewing opportunities because this species sits around - a lot. They're knobby and quite colorful, though, so they might be an interesting choice for older kids and even adults. Habitats are easy to set up with water, rocks for perching and a gravel base. Things can get lively when they're hungry and these frogs are eating machines. They'll consume guppies, larger bugs, grubworms, and even mice. They need to live alone, too, or cannibalism might come into play.

African Clawed Frogs are favorites for anyone who loves their underwater antics. In an aquarium setup, they're an active species, as long as they have a place to hide on occasion. Tops must be secured as they tend to wander. Away from their watery environment, they won't survive. Eating habits are varied, so they're easy to feed.

For those just getting started with amphibian pets, African Dwarf Frogs make easy-to-care-for friends. They're also aquatic, but are a bit smaller than African clawed frogs. Their main diet consists of frozen bloodworms or dried brine shrimp.

When is a Frog Not a Frog?

Buttons, Bayonets & Violin Bows: Frogs are Everywhere

In the world of frogs, you may discover some items that aren't related at all to our amphibian favorites. In fact, many items will leave you wondering how they came to be called "frogs." We should be proud, of course, that someone thought about naming rights in reference to a species that so many of us love.

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