A deadly fungus that has been ravaging amphibian populations across the world has somehow found its way to the isolated island of Madagascar, according to new surveys. And that's the stuff of nightmares for conservationists, as the island happens to boast countless frog species, 99 percent of which can be found nowhere else in the world.
Size does indeed matter, even for avoiding extinction, but not in the way many scientists have long suspected. A new study of amphibians argues that growing smaller to take up less resources won't always help a species avoid extinction in the face of a shrinking habitat, climate change, and disease. Instead, it is argued that dimorphism - where males and females are different sizes - give a species a better shot.
That's one big worm! Or is it a snake? Actually, it's neither. A new species of legless amphibian was recently discovered in Cambodia's Cardamom Mountains that is helping conservationists flesh out the region's heavily understudied biodiversity.
The little devil frog, Oophaga sylvatica, a toxic frog native to Colombia and Ecuador, is learning to sing straight into the face of fear, singing longer and louder despite the fact that numerous predators are more likely to hear it.
It just got a lot worse to be a frog living in Spain right now. Spanish frog species already combating the same deadly chytrid fungus that is wreaking havoc on amphibian populations all over the world now must also deal with a pair of lethal and fast-spreading viruses.
If an officer were to give most toads a sobriety test, they would horribly fail at walking er... hopping the line. But researchers have found that initial waves of invasive toads in Australia would pass in leaps and bounds, wandering in remarkably straight lines to cover more ground and invade faster.
There are nearly 7,000 known species of amphibians, but for the first time scientists have attempted to figure out how some of these types managed to cross continents throughout time.