The eruption of Ecuador's Cotopaxi Volcano has put Quito rocket frogs at risk of extinction. To help scientists save these iconic frogs, the Amphibian Survival Alliance has launched an adopt-a-tadpole campaign.
Six new clawed frog species were recently found in Central and West Africa. These amphibians are particularly unique, in that they inherit all of their mother's and fathers' genes instead of half from each. Researchers continue to search for the "lost ancestor" that gave rise to this genetically diverse species.
To adapt to changing environments, fish have evolved with an enzyme researchers refer to as Cyp27c1, which is closely linked to vitamin A and known to promote good vision in low light.
Caucasian Parsley Frogs (Pelodytes punctatus) feed on insects breeding in the feces of bats in remote limestone caves near Russia, researchers discovered. Their study sheds light on the importance of species conservation.
While evolving with specialized defenses has helped animals escape predation, long-term risks need to be considered. The simple act of camouflage or mimicry, which sufficiently confuses prey, doesn't seem to have backfired, but the use of chemical defenses has. In fact, some amphibians that release lethal toxins to kill predators are now at a higher risk of extinction.
Bacteria found on some frogs' skin naturally protects the amphibian from a deadly skin disease that is already affecting 500 species of amphibians worldwide.
Two new frog species have been discovered Misool Island in the Indonesian part of New Guinea, an area of vast biodiversity.
Researchers took a closer look at how exactly frogs snatch their prey up in one quick motion. They found that the tongue muscles are actually similar to sticky tape.
Yale researchers discovered more female green frogs are being born in suburban ponds. They recently linked this unbalanced sex ratio to common lawn plants, such as clover.
In addition to the raging wildfires, the Pacific Northwest lowlands are experiencing devastation in mountain pond habitats as a result of climate change. According to recent forecast models, this just may be new norm that amphibians have to get used to.
Findings from a study involving the mating habits of female túngara frogs supports the idea that irrationality as the result of being presented with too many choices may have deep biological roots – in humans as well.
Seven new teeny-tiny frog species have recently been discovered in the cloud forests of Brazil, and though they were just found, scientists already say that they are threatened and on the brink of extinction.
When you hear "getting it on like animals" you probably think animals are 'doing the deed' all the time and whenever they please. But when you really think about it, how could they? With predators always looking to make an easy meal of any pair that's... distracted, it may be hard to get some alone time. That's why one frog in Brazil builds secret underwater chambers just for this purpose.
Unless you live under a rock or don't own a television, you probably know who Kermit the Frog is. The beloved Muppet has captured the imaginations of the young and old alike for a stunning six decades, but we all know he's not actually real... right? Researchers have now revealed that a newly discovered species of frog in Costa Rica looks just like him, causing us to wonder if Kermit is more real than we ever thought.
Researchers have recently released a paper that details 15 of the most critically endangered species on Earth - organisms that not only are facing what looks to be inevitable extinctions, but are barely receiving any aid to stop it. Now conservationists are calling for the money and expertise that would be needed to help these creatures - ranging from seabirds to tropical gophers - survive.