It's not enough that the poor frogs are facing endangered satus, habitat destruction, mutation from all of the pollutants in our environment and more. Their enemies in the animal kingdom are also causing them problems. An Australian slug can glue its frog opponents to trees, leaving the frogs vulnerable for days. The slug's slime is incredibly sticky, enough to hold a fully grown frog on a tree branch for days at a time.
All of nature is connected, and butterflies and frogs seem to go hand-in-hand when it comes to habitat growth as well as destruction. The loss of monarch butterflies should make us deeply concerned to begin with, but it should also raise a flag regarding what that loss means for other species, too. With a 99% decline in the species throughout recent years, we can't help but wonder whether or not it's even possible to recover the species from these terrible losses.
This seems like it belongs on the Weird Animals page rather than Frog Source, but it's true that there are cannibalistic frogs in our world. Many animals exist as cannibals and it's really not that surprising; considering that humans are believed to be the only animals with an ethics system (although that could be debated within more developed animal groups, particularly when you consider many humans don't even seem to have a moral compass!), why would it seem weird for a frog to eat another frog?
Frog lovers may rejoice when they hear that nearly 2 million acres are being used to help save frog habitat and preserve the dwindling numbers of several species of frogs, but Sierra Nevada ranchers and loggers aren't happy about the news. They say that the protections placed on the land make it much harder for them to do business, which threatens their livelihood.
The scientists of Ecuador are doing something very interesting in order to protect rare species of frogs. They have decided to join poachers in selling frogs, but they are doing it on a much more expensive level at $600 a pop. They are raising 12 different species in captivity and selling them to Canada, the United States, Japan and various European countries to help curb their sale on the black market.
A species of frog that was previously believed to be extinct is no longer gone, thanks to the finding of a young boy in Ecuador. The frog, the Jambato harlequin frog, had not been seen for three decades until the boy ran across his discovery. Since the frog is able to be bred in captivity, it has a much greater chance of survival.
Each week, we talk about different types of frogs and our favorites, but what about the creatures that consume frogs? Sure, humans do it, but plenty of other animals do it, too. There are the common frog eaters like hawks and snakes but there are lots of animals that eat frogs that are also quite surprising. For example, there are praying mantises that eat frogs on six different continents. Otters really enjoy eating frogs, as do some species of larger frogs.
It's unlikely that you'll run into the world's smallest frog this summer, but you'll certainly see all kinds of interesting frogs throughout the summer months. One summer we had a frog who enjoyed living above our front door. He was attracted to the bugs that flew around our porch light!
With new frog species discovered every month, you might think that the frog population is just growing, not shrinking. Science tells us that frogs are possibly next in line when it comes to extinction, though, and a lot of the frogs being "discovered" are simply new species that looked like other species previously discovered already. Nevertheless, it's always exciting to find a new species of frog.
Keeping and caring for tadpoles is a cool opportunity to watch frogs grow and develop for families, friends and even school groups. Different states have different laws about keeping tadpoles, though, so be sure to check if it's okay for you to do so before you buy all of your materials!