Amphibians

UK gardeners urged to build ponds as sightings of frogs and toads dry up

People with gardens are being urged to create simple ponds or areas of long grass because sightings of frogs and toads in gardens are drying up.<p>Reports of toads in gardens have fallen by nearly a third since 2014, while sightings of frogs have dropped by 17% over the same period, according to the …

Environment

Mexican turtles as damaging as cane toads found in Adelaide backyard

A species of turtle considered to be one of the most damaging pests in the world has been found in suburban Adelaide.<p>The two red-eared slider turtles …

Turtles

From erotic excrescences to pheromone shots: structure and diversity of nuptial pads in anurans | Biological Journal of the Linnean Society

The nuptial pad is a secondary sexual character found in anuran amphibians. It includes modified epidermal and dermal tissues and is usually located …

Biology

How To Make Your Garden Toad And Frog-Friendly

Sightings of toads and frogs have fallen - here's how you can help.<p>MarkBridger via Getty Images<p>Frog and toad sightings have fallen since 2014, with a …

Lifestyle (UK)

Fewer frogs and toads in Scottish gardens

<b>Fewer frogs and toads are being spotted in Scottish gardens, a nationwide survey has found.</b><p>Regular sightings of frogs have dropped 5% since 2014, with toad sightings going down by 7% over the same period.<p>The figures come from the RSPB's Big Garden Birdwatch, with results from 10,300 gardens across …

Scotland

The Little Red School House is Coming to The Palos Park Library!

The library is hosting an exciting family presentation for all ages on Saturday, July 7th at 11 a.m.<p>PALOS PARK, IL -- Palos Park's 'Little Library in …

Amphibians

Skin gland concentrations adapted to different evolutionary pressures in the head and posterior regions of the caecilian Siphonops annulatus

Altmetric: 62<p>Citations: 1<p>More detail<p>Article |<p>Open | Published: 23 February 2018<p>Carlos Jared,<br>• Pedro Luiz Mailho-Fontana,<br>• Rafael Marques-Porto,<br>• Juliana …

Google Scholar

Gardening: Support toads in backyard as easy form of pest control

Among nature’s creatures in the garden, butterflies inspire oohs; songbirds evoke aahs.<p>Toads are often met with, at best, indifference.<p>That’s a …

Gardening

Defying disease: some amphibian species are fighting back and inspiring a new generation of women herpetologists | Nature Research Ecology & Evolution Community

Many infectious diseases can fade away after initial outbreaks. Bubonic plague, cholera, and influenza are examples from recent human history. The …

Zoology

Climate change to overtake land use as major threat to global biodiversity

Climate change will have a rapidly increasing effect on the structure of global ecological communities over the next few decades, with amphibians and …

Climate Change

Nuns Resurrect Endangered Salamanders in First-of-its-Kind Conservation Effort

This may be the first time a religious group has been involved in amphibian breeding program, an expert says.<p>Lake Pátzcuaro, the third largest lake in Mexico, lies a little more than 200 miles west of Mexico City. As an endorheic basin, the lake does not drain into the sea—and it’s the sole home …

Living Rooms

WATCH: Everything you need to know about Jurassic World in 2 minutes

Just like one of its man-eating dinosaurs, the <i>Jurassic</i> franchise was brought back from extinction in 2015 with the theatrical release of <i>Jurassic …

Jurassic World

Madagascar’s predators are probably vulnerable to toxic toads

The Asian common toad, an invasive species in Madagascar, produces a toxin in its skin that’s probably toxic to most of the island’s predators.

Zoology

Toxic Toad Threatens Madagascar's Biodiversity

Sometimes in the movies, a newcomer wanders into town and ends up bringing everybody together and saving Christmas. But when it comes to invasive …

Zoology

First helicopter drops of cane toad sausages prompt design tweak

Stinky sausages made of cane toad flesh have been scattered from helicopters in a wide-scale trial that researchers hope will give native animals a …

Sausages

100-Million-Year-Old Frogs Preserved in Amber

Frogs in a rainforest? Sure, rainforests are home to tons of them. Nothing new there — except that researchers just found four, preserved in amber …

Rainforests

These walking frogs are a must-see wonder (video)

<b>Four amazing species of frogs have skipped on hopping and slink along on all fours instead.</b><p>We all know that frogs and toads hop – it's they're …

Zoology

World’s oldest rain forest frogs stuck in amber

This week a report showed off the newest “world’s oldest” rain forest frogs. “It was exhilarating to hold these small fossils up to the light to …

Forestry

Tiny frog trapped in amber is a crazy find - Futurity

Often small and lightly built, frogs don't tend to preserve well.

Zoology

A bear named Luka stole the hearts of everyone on the internet this week

<i>Welcome to Good Internet Animal Of The Week, where every week we will bring you the best animal the Internet had to offer.</i><p>Meet Luka.<p>Who is this animal?<p>What we have here is an Andean bear named Luka, and she’s clearly a delight.<p>Andean bears (Tremarctos ornatus) can predominantly be found in the …

Frogs

A Village in Ecuador’s Amazon Fights for Life as Oil Wells Move In

At the headwaters of the Amazon River system in eastern Ecuador, the nighttime jungle is not quiet at all. The chatter of nocturnal canopy birds and …

National Parks

Blending Out: Oceanic by Aimee Nezhukumatathil

I’ve been following Aimee Nezhukumatathil’s career since her first book, and her latest, <i>Oceanic</i> (released this April from Copper Canyon Press), is …

Books

These Are the Most Ancient Frogs Ever Found Preserved in Amber

The extraordinary discovery of four small frogs preserved in amber is providing the earliest evidence of these now-prolific amphibians living in …

Geek

When a daddy longlegs is attacked by a flatworm things get messy

In a battle worthy of gore and grime fetishists, slimy flatworms attack harvestman arachnids with gobs of mucus. But the arachnids sometimes fight …

Science

Frogs in Amber From Prehistoric Times Found in Myanmar

Frogs preserved in amber dating back to the end of the Cretaceous period when dinosaurs still existed have been found in Myanmar, giving scientists a …

Paleontology

DNA 'fossils' in fish, amphibians, and reptiles reveal deep diversity of retroviruses: Viral genetic material in DNA of living vertebrates illuminates ancient aquatic origin of RNA viruses

Viral genetic material in DNA of living vertebrates illuminates ancient aquatic origin of RNA viruses<p>Retroviruses, a broad category of viruses that …

Biology

Endocrine-disrupting pesticides impair frog reproduction

In a new study, researchers have investigated how the endocrine-disrupting substance linuron affects reproduction in the West African clawed frog, …

West Africa

Puerto Rico just got 11,000 toads courtesy of the Detroit Zoo

DETROIT — The Detroit Zoological Society hopped at the chance to save the critically endangered Puerto Rican crested toads.<p>More than 11,000 of the species' tadpoles will be released in the El Tallonal biological reserve, according to a news release.<p>The tadpoles left Detroit on June 6 for Puerto …

Puerto Rico

How bright colors help these poison tree frogs hide from predators

The striking bright blues, yellows, and oranges of poison dart frogs are a classic example of warning coloration, sending a message to predators to …

Zoology

Deadly fungus found for first time in critically endangered amphibian species

A fungal pathogen which has led to the extinction of entire species in South America has been recorded for the first time in critically endangered …

Zoology