One of the best things about the Internet is that it allows animal lovers to connect through citizen science projects like Frog Watch USA. FrogWatch is a cool organization that tracks frogs and maintains information about where they live, and it does so by providing citizens with education about frogs and the means to report where they hear them.
If you love frogs and you live near or are traveling to Long Beach anytime soon, you should defintiely check out the Aquarium of the Pacific this weekend. A new exhibit is opening up that features over 12 species of frogs, including the ever-popular blue poison dart frog! The exhibit is known as "Frogs: Dazzling and Disappearing," and it isn't limited to frogs. Other amphibians will also be on display.
Are you familiar with the Ecnomiohyla? It's also known as the marvelous frog! This is one seriously cute frog. Froung throughout Mexico and Central America, it also makes its home in Colombia. It has exaggerated limbs and eyes, making it look like an anime cartoon instead of an actual living, breathing creature.
Have you ever wished you could view different frogs in 3-D? Whether you are a student, a researcher or just a froggy fan, you need to check out the new Frogs of the World exhbit that Cameron Siler, the assistant curator of herpetology and assistant professor of biology at the University of Oklahoma, has released. This collection of frogs includes some species that are rare or endangered, helping scientists maintain a profile of the frogs even after they are long gone.
Baby monitors may not be the first things that you think about when it comes to monitoring wildlife and scientific research, but the tools are useful in plenty of ways outside the nursery.
No, Fire-bellied Toads do not really shoot fire, although kids would probably get a kick out of that. Their names come from the fiery hue that colors their stomachs, giving them a flaming look. Fire-bellied toads are relatively easy pets to care for. They live up to 15 years when they are well-cared for, so if you properly care for your toad you can have a friend for many years.
The Atlanta Botanical Gardens is home to a fun new exhibit to frog lovers. Known as Ribbit the Exhibit, the feature includes 23 fun frog sculptures that are sure to delight and amaze people young and old. Created by artist Andy Cobb, the exhibit will run now through July 15, so be sure to stop in soon to see the sculptures, which are made from copper and are anywhere from 32 inches to 6 feet tall.
There are plenty of fun activities to accompany the exhibit as well, from children’s activities to a scavenger hunt.
Ask any animal lover and they’ll likely be able to tell you a story about stopping in traffic to help a turtle cross the road in the spring time. You know the rule: always take the animal in the direction it was already heading or you’re wasting both your time and the creature’s time. It’s being instinctively driven by a water source, chance for reproduction or another primal urge, not traffic!
If you've ever had an African Dwarf Frog as a pet, you know how cute they are, and you know how easy it is to care for this species. But did you know that they are often confused as African clawed frogs? If you want to make sure you have a true Dwarf frog, check for differences like these...
Front and back webbed feet. While the clawed frog has digits on two limbs, the dwarf variety has all webbed feet.
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.