If you're bummed about the dinosaurs being wiped out but you love frogs, maybe it will perk you up to know that without the mass extinction that took place, frogs would not have thrived nearly as well as they have. 9 out of 10 frog species were able to grow and evolve while the larger animals died out, largely because frogs can hide beneath the earth and survive.
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.