Latest Amphibian Stories
The authors of an article published in the new issue of the journal Phycologia investigate the possibility of environmental symbiont acquisition on yellow spotted salamanders and their symbionts,
The world’s largest living amphibian, the Chinese giant salamander (Andrias davidianus), is capable of feeding not only on prey located directly in from of it, but also on creatures which approach from the side, thanks to a newly-discovered quick-strike technique.
We like to think of salamander as little cute pets or harmless amphibians you can catch near local stream or lake, but millions of years ago a somewhat more terrifying version of these animals stalked the very same bodies of water.
A deadly fungal disease is killing salamanders across Europe and biologists believe it’s only a matter of time before the fungus starts ravaging salamanders in North America, according to a new report in the journal Science.
A deadly disease wiping out salamanders in Europe will reach the U.S.
Scientists have found amphibians worldwide are breeding earlier due to climate change, but how that affects species is just now being answered.
A bright orange poison dart frog with a unique call was discovered in Donoso, Panama
An international team of researchers has found that the majority of threatened species are ‘invisible’ when using modern methods to predict species distributions under climate change.
An article in the latest issue of Herpetologica discusses the results of a 3-year study that examined how salamanders use their microhabitat in order to predict their reaction to natural or human-based
Assistant Professor of Biology Alex Pyron has created the only large-scale biogeographic analysis of its kind.
The Wood Frog (Rana sylvatica) has a broad distribution over North America, stretching from the southern Appalachians to the boreal forest with several notable disjunct populations including lowland eastern North Carolina. This frog has garnered attention by biologist over the last century due to its freeze tolerance, relatively great degree of terrestrialism, interesting habitat associations, and relatively long-range movements. The wood frog is the state amphibian of New York. Similar to...
The Strawberry Poison-Dart Frog, Oophaga Pumilio or Dendrobates Pumilio, is a species of small amphibian poison dart frog located in Central America. It’s common throughout its range, which stretches from eastern central Nicaragua through Costa Rica and northwestern Panama. The species is frequently found in humid lowlands and premontane forest, but populations of large size are also found in disturbed areas such as plantations. This frog is perhaps most famous for its widespread varieties...
The Mindanao horned frog, also known as the Southeast Asian horned toad, is native to the Philippines and found only on the island of Mindanao. The habitat of this frog is tropical and subtropical moist forests, near ponds and rivers. The Mindanao horned frog can be found in elevations up to 1.5 miles as long as it has an ample water supply for breeding. The Mindanao horned frog has a large head and mouth in comparison to the body. It also has pointed horn-like humps sticking out above the...
The Sagalla caecilian (Boulengerula niedini) is a long, earthworm-like amphibian from the family Caeciliidae. The species is native to the tiny area of south-eastern Kenya called Sagalla Hill. The Sagalla caecilian has a slender body, perfect for burrowing. Its skin is extremely pigmented, lending it a brownish color with a pinkish-red hint, and white cross segments that give the appearance of grooves. They can grow up to 12 inches in length. Along with tough skin and a bony head, the...
The Ringed caecilian (Siphonops annulatus) is an amphibian species and a member of the Caeciliidae family. The species is native to South America, ranging Argentina, Volivia, Columbia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname and Venezuela. The Ringed caelilian inhabits tropical or subtropical areas. Lowland forests, savannah, shrubland, grassland, pastureland, plantations and rural gardens are all habitats the species may occupy. The Ringed caecilian is known to...
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