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.
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.
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.