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Climate Change Responsible For Spread Of Deadly Frog Disease In UK

What is wiping out the frog population in UK ponds? Rising temperatures due to climate change are worsening the ranavirus epidemics threatening UK's frog population.

Animals May 12, 2019

LOOK: Pumpkin Toadlets' Bones Glow Through Their Skin

The poisonous pumpkin frogs of the Atlantic Forest in Brazil have fluorescent bones that light up under UV light. With normal light they appear, orange, red, or yellow, but under UV light they glow bright blue.

Animals March 30, 2019

Extinct Frog Trapped In Amber Hints Where These Amphibians Lived During Cretaceous Period

Frogs today commonly live in wet tropical forests. A prehistoric frog trapped in amber holds clue to the habitat of these amphibians before the mass extinction at the end of Cretaceous Period.

Animals June 17, 2018

Prehistoric Frogs Preserved In Amber For 99 Million Years

Prehistoric frogs that have been trapped in amber for 99 million years provide a glimpse into how the ancient world looked like. The ancient frogs came from Myanmar, in the same amber deposits where many other fossils have been found.

Ancient June 15, 2018

Fungus Killing Frogs Traced Back To Korea, Raising Concerns On Pet Trade

Scientists traced the origins of the deadly chytrid fungus, which has attacked frog, toad, and salamander populations over recent decades, to the Korean peninsula. The discovery provides an additional argument against pet trade, particularly on amphibians coming from East Asia.

Animals May 10, 2018

This Ancient Frog Had Jaws Strong Enough To Eat Small Dinosaurs And Crocodiles

A team of researchers has estimated that the jaws of the Beelzebufo ampinga were strong enough to allow the ancient creature to eat small dinosaurs and crocodiles. The so-called 'devil frog' used to live in Madagascar and is thankfully extinct.

Ancient September 21, 2017

Asteroid Extinction Event That Wiped Out Dinosaurs Cleared Way For Diversification Of Frogs

The mass extinction event that killed the dinosaurs helped the frogs to explosively evolve new species. How did the K–Pg extinction event caused by an asteroid impact benefited the amphibians?

Animals July 5, 2017

Frog Skin Mucus May Help Kill Strains Of Flu Virus

A peptide found in the skin mucus of a frog in southern India can potentially fight strains of flu. How does the peptide urumin work against influenza virus?

Medicine April 19, 2017

Eyeballs Grafted On Tails: Blind Tadpoles Get The Most Unusual Eye Transplant

What do blind tadpoles and migraine drugs have in common? Both were part of a creative experimental transplant that proved eyes can fully function when grafted on tails, by connecting directly to the central nervous system.

Animals March 31, 2017

First Fluorescent Frog Discovered In Amazon Basin: Why Some Organisms Glow In Ultraviolet Light

The South American polka dotted tree frog is the first fluorescent amphibian that scientists have found. How does biofluoresence benefit organisms that can glow in UV light?

Animals March 18, 2017

New Frog Species Found In India Can Sit Comfortably On A Coin Or Thumbnail

Seven new miniature species of frogs belonging to the genus Nyctibatrachus have been discovered in India. Some of them are so tiny they can sit atop a coin or thumbnail, the team that discovered them at Western Ghats has revealed.

Animals February 22, 2017

Zimbabwe’s Rare ‘Cave Squeaker’ Frog Spotted For The First Time Since 1962

Zimbabwe’s rare frog 'cave squeaker' got its name from its preference for Chimanimani Mountain’s caves. It was last seen in 1962 and its rediscovery brings hope for amphibian conservation around the world.

Animals February 6, 2017

Rare Tree Frog Species Likely Extinct After Last Known Living Member Dies At Atlanta Botanical Garden

The last known living member of the Rabbs' fringe-limbed tree frog died at the Atlanta Botanical Garden. Scientists warned that up to half of all the world's amphibians are also at risk of extinction.

Animals October 3, 2016

Killer Fungus Pushes Seven Unique Frog Species In Australia Closer To Extinction

Seven unique frog species are at risk of extinction due to killer fungus. Biologists say that the frog species can be saved through funding a research and disease management.

Earth/Environment April 12, 2016

Tiny Frog Species Thrive In India's Wasteland

A team of researchers found a new species of a narrow-mouthed frog just the size of a thumb. Measuring just 1.6 centimeters (0.63 inch), this frog could shed light on the ecological importance of India's laterite rock formations.

Earth/Environment March 12, 2016

'Extinct' Tree Frog That Eats Own Eggs Rediscovered In India

Scientists rediscovered a unique tree frog in India previously thought to be extinct. The discovery also led researchers to reclassify the tree hole-breeding frogs as an entirely new genus.

Animals January 21, 2016

Japanese Researchers Regrow Functional Joints In Frogs: Breakthrough Could Lead To Regeneration Of Amputated Limbs

For the first time, Japanese scientists regenerated functional joints in frogs through exploring the reintegration mechanism. This is hoped to someday pave the way for functional regeneration of amputated limbs in humans and other mammals.

Life January 16, 2016

Scientists Discover New Frog Species In Madagascar Mountain

A team of scientists has discovered two new unique frog species in Madagascar. They were found at the Tsaratanana Massif Mountain, the island's highest point.

Animals January 15, 2016

Six Newly Discovered African Frog Species Reveal More Diversity

Canadian scientists discovered six new species of African clawed frog species. This increased the known species by 30 percent.

Animals December 18, 2015

Scientists Discover Fish Can Supercharge Their Night Vision

Scientists from the Washington University in St. Louis found that freshwater marine life like salmon and bullfrogs have an enzyme that allows them to supercharge their vision to be able to see infrared light.

Animals November 6, 2015

Male Frogs In Suburban Ponds Turning Into Females Due To Natural Estrogen

Male frog populations are decreasing in suburban areas as estrogen levels in ponds continue to increase. The researchers said that human-altered lands may contribute to this pattern.

Earth/Environment September 9, 2015

First Venomous Frogs Discovered, And They Kill With A Headbutt

Venomous frogs have been discovered for the first time ever, and other species out there may also have the talent, researchers say. How deadly are these amphibians?

August 7, 2015

Seven Tiny Frog Species Discovered In Brazil Already In Danger Of Croaking

Seven new frog species have been discovered living high in the cloud forests of Brazil. Why are these isolated animals in danger?

Animals June 4, 2015

Late Spring Affecting New England Amphibian Migration Say Experts

Wildlife experts from New England warn that the delayed start of spring this year could significantly affect the breeding season of various amphibians in the region. The temporary pools they depend on may soon dry up in the summer.

Earth/Environment April 28, 2015

Kermit The Frog Here For Real - It Is A Glass Frog From Costa Rica!

Hyalinobatrachium dianae is a newly discovered frog resembling Kermit the Frog. Why are we just finding this unusual Muppet-like animal now?

Animals April 21, 2015

Michigan Officials Looking For Volunteers To Help Count Frogs

The annual frog and toad survey is important because these animals are the first indicators of an ecosystem becoming sick.

Earth/Environment March 4, 2015

Killer Chytrid Amphibian Fungus In Madagascar Threatens To Wipe Out 500 Species Of Frogs

The chytrid fungus, which has now been traced in Madagascar, is fatal for amphibians. The fungus threatens to wipe out about 500 species of frog in the island nation located in the Indian Ocean.

Earth/Environment March 1, 2015

Unique Species of Fanged Frog in Indonesia Gives Birth to Tadpoles

Species of frog in the jungles of Indonesia spurns egg-laying in favor of giving birth to live tadpoles. Newly identified species is the only frog to do so, researchers say.

Animals January 3, 2015

Newly discovered 'Bat Frog' is named after Ozzy Osbourne

A new species of small frog discovered in the Amazon rainforest has been named after Ozzy Osbourne, due to the frog's 'bat-like' sound.

Movies/TV Shows November 10, 2014

Leopard frog call leads to discovery of new species in NYC: Hello, Rana kauffeldi

A researcher from Rutgers University and his team have discovered a new frog species in New York and New Jersey after comparing its mating call and genetics to the other leopard frogs in the region.

Earth/Environment October 31, 2014

Killer fungus could wipe out salamander population

Fungus disease similar to one devastating frogs and toad species around the world found in European salamanders. Scientists fear it could spread to the U.S., a salamander hot spot.

Animals October 30, 2014

Orange poison dart frog (the size of a fingernail) believed to be under threat

Researchers have discovered a new species of the poison dart frog endemic in the Caribbean rainforest. Now that the deadly amphibian -- no larger than a fingernail -- is being studied, scientists are also hoping to save it from the threat of habitat loss.

Earth/Environment October 1, 2014

Newly discovered poison dart frog with strange call needs conservation plan

A new poison dart frog has been discovered in Panama. The frog might need help from conservation groups to avoid extinction.

Earth/Environment September 29, 2014

Horned frog sticky tongue may teach us a thing or two about super adhesive

Frog tongues are able to pull on prey with more than the force of the animal doing the hunting. Now, researchers want to know why.

Animals June 16, 2014

Tree frogs croak their way from storm drains to heart of mates

Mientien frogs, like the one shown here, are learning to use storm drains and other structures as amplifiers for mating calls.

Animals June 9, 2014

Rare dancing frogs discovered in India: Will they become extinct?

Dancing frogs are rare, but 14 new species have just been discovered. This is the story of why they are dying out.

Animals May 10, 2014

Frog love ripples attract mate...and death from above

A new study shows that bats use water ripples caused by the mating habits of frogs to home in on their prey.

Animals January 24, 2014

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