Category: Frog & Amphibians Information & News

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USARK Alert: Light Bulb Ban, West Mifflin, PA Proposes Ban On Almost All Animals

USARK Alert: Light Bulb Ban, West Mifflin, PA Proposes Ban On Almost All Animals

This poorly drafted ordinance seeks to ban all “animals,” most “pets,” and also has limits for dogs, cats, and birds. [...]
Nonprofit Petco Love Gives $35,000 Grant to J&R Aquatic Animal Rescue

Nonprofit Petco Love Gives $35,000 Grant to J&R Aquatic Animal Rescue

The grant will enable J&R Aquatic Animal Rescue to acquire a vehicle the rescue will use during its Exotic Pet Surrender events. [...]
Chytrid Fungus May Have Chink In Its Armor

Chytrid Fungus May Have Chink In Its Armor

The researchers are currently studying how the BdDV-1 virus works, how it infects the fungus and how it gets into the cells of the fungus [...]
Researchers Record Two Red-tailed Coral Snakes Competing For Same Caecilian

Researchers Record Two Red-tailed Coral Snakes Competing For Same Caecilian

The predation event took place on a dirt road in Western Colombia's Valle del Cauca Department, a rainforest habitat in which both species are known t [...]
Ancient Frog Species Named After Kermit the Frog

Ancient Frog Species Named After Kermit the Frog

“Because this animal is a distant relative of today’s amphibians, and Kermit is a modern-day amphibian icon, it was the perfect name for it.” [...]
Why Dart Frog Poison Can Kill You So Quickly

Why Dart Frog Poison Can Kill You So Quickly

According to the researchers, the poison instantly cramps the body's muscles, makes the heart beat erratically and ultimately causes cardiac arrest. [...]
Ringed Caecilian Mothers Feed Their Offspring Milk

Ringed Caecilian Mothers Feed Their Offspring Milk

The hatchlings congregated around the tail of the mother. And it was at the tail that a milky secretion was discharged and vigorously eaten by the off [...]
New Odorous Frog Species Discovered in China

New Odorous Frog Species Discovered in China

The proposed English name of the frog is the Leishan Odorous frog Odorrana leishanensis sp. nov [...]
New Fanged Frog Species Discovered in Indonesia

New Fanged Frog Species Discovered in Indonesia

The frog, Limnonectes phyllofolia sp. nov. has a unique reproductive strategy in which the male of the species guards the egg clutches. [...]
Pet Industry And Michigan University Researchers to Mitigate Batrachochytrium salamandrivorans Spread In Amphibians

Pet Industry And Michigan University Researchers to Mitigate Batrachochytrium salamandrivorans Spread In Amphibians

Researchers with Michigan State University and pet industry partners will work to study disease mitigation strategies that will hopefully minimize the [...]
Frogs Evolved Millions Of Years Later Than Previously Thought

Frogs Evolved Millions Of Years Later Than Previously Thought

The researchers created the model using hundreds of genetic markers of 5,242 frog species, and based on that data, has shifted the date in which frogs [...]
Study Suggests Frogs Of The Genus Eleutherodactylus Migrated Over Water From Caribbean to Florida

Study Suggests Frogs Of The Genus Eleutherodactylus Migrated Over Water From Caribbean to Florida

Florida retains the most complete fossil record of anurans from North America that extends from the Oligocene to the Pleistocene eras, researchers say [...]
Oregon State University Gives Large Herp Collection To University of Michigan

Oregon State University Gives Large Herp Collection To University of Michigan

Most of the Oregon State University specimens belong to two groups of snakes; garter snakes and water snakes; and two groups of salamanders comprised [...]
Josh’s Frogs Accepting Applications For Amphibian Grant Program

Josh’s Frogs Accepting Applications For Amphibian Grant Program

The public will be invited to participate in the grant program via public vote after seven grant recipients are selected. [...]
World’s Amphibians Most Threatened Vertebrate Class, Study Says

World’s Amphibians Most Threatened Vertebrate Class, Study Says

Since 1980, 37 amphibian species have gone extinct, with the most recent extinctions being the the Chiriqui harlequin frog and the sharp snouted day f [...]
NARBC Arlington and CITES Amphibian Trade Review

NARBC Arlington and CITES Amphibian Trade Review

When a nonnative species is listed under ESA, even domestically born and bred animals can no longer be sold in interstate commerce by private breeders [...]
Updates to Endangered Species Act, Lacey Act Amendments

Updates to Endangered Species Act, Lacey Act Amendments

Phil and Garrett discuss the potential additions to the Endangered Species Act, as well as the ever-threatening Lacey Act Amendments [...]
New Species Of Ancient Giant Amphibian Discovered In Australia

New Species Of Ancient Giant Amphibian Discovered In Australia

The amphibian is believed to have inhabited freshwater rivers in the Sydney Basin 240 million years ago during the Triassic period. [...]
Caecilians Have Developed Resistance to Neurotoxic Elapid Snake Venoms

Caecilians Have Developed Resistance to Neurotoxic Elapid Snake Venoms

The research is a textbook example of how predatory pressure on the caecilians caused an evolutionary cascade to resist snake venom. [...]
New Spiny-backed Treefrog Species Discovered In Peru

New Spiny-backed Treefrog Species Discovered In Peru

Osteocephalus vasquezi features dark irises and tuberculate dorsal skin, which is brown in coloration. [...]
Climate Change To Kill Off More Than 800 Herp Species During Next 100 Years, Study Says

Climate Change To Kill Off More Than 800 Herp Species During Next 100 Years, Study Says

Data from 14,000 amphibian and reptile species was compiled, which is around 70 percent of all known herp species. [...]
New Stefania Genus Frog Species Described

New Stefania Genus Frog Species Described

This particular frog carries its eggs on the back, and once hatched, the froglets remain on the back for a period of time. [...]
New Treefrog Species Of the Genus Scinax Discovered In Peru

New Treefrog Species Of the Genus Scinax Discovered In Peru

The frog, Scinax pyroinguinis sp. nov. was described from two males that were found in the Amazon rainforest. [...]
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