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Studying The Science Behind Bullfrog Jumping Abilities
2013-10-17 11:01:22

[ Watch the Video: Getting Bullfrogs To Jump For Science ] Michael Harper for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Physically speaking, bullfrogs should be able to cover more distance in a single hop then they often do. Scientists have observed such amphibians clearing about four feet per jump, but rarely more than this, while other frog species can travel at more than seven feet per hop. Yet frog jumping contests, such as the world famous Calaveras County Jumping Frog Jubilee, have...

Frog Legs May Have Been On The Menu In Britain Before France
2013-10-17 07:06:20

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Frog legs have long been considered a delicacy of French cuisine, but researchers have uncovered new evidence suggesting that they were not the first to actually partake of cuisses de grenouille. In fact, according to French news agency AFP, archaeologists working at a site in southwestern England, near Stonehenge, uncovered the charred leg bone of a toad among other food remains. The remains were dated back to between 6250 BC and...

2013-09-29 23:02:49

Learn about animal camouflage and have a blast with tons of fall activities published on Kids Activities Blog. Seasoned Moms are sharing fun filled activities that sneak in a bit of learning. Dallas, Texas (PRWEB) September 29, 2013 Fall time is the perfect time to spend outdoors. Learn about animal camouflage and let the kids have a blast with cool fall activities that have been published on Kids Activities Blog. Animal camouflage is nature's way to protect and hide creatures from...

Cane Toad Caught Trying To Eat A Bat
2013-09-25 04:20:50

[ Watch the Video: Cane Toad Couldn't Stomach This Bat ] redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Talk about a Kodak moment – a park ranger working in the Peruvian rainforest managed to capture a picture of a cane toad attempting to dine on a bat, complete with the airborne rodent’s wings sticking out of its mouth. According to Phil Torres of Rainforest Expeditions, the picture was taken by park ranger Yufani Olaya at a remote guard station in Cerros de Amotape...

Tiny Frog Hears With Mouth
2013-09-03 08:37:46

[ Watch the Video: Gardiner's Frogs Use Their Mouths To Hear ] Michael Harper for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Scientists had long assumed the Gardiner’s frog was deaf due to its lack of a middle ear. After further investigation and some X-ray images, however, they have now discovered that the frog species from the Seychelles Islands is capable of hearing through tiny bones in their mouths. Unlike other auditory systems common in a broad majority of living organisms, the...

2013-08-19 10:31:31

From frogs to humans, selecting a mate is complicated.  Females of many species judge suitors based on many indicators of health or parenting potential. But it can be difficult for males to produce multiple signals that demonstrate these qualities simultaneously. In a study of gray tree frogs, a team of University of Minnesota researchers discovered that females prefer males whose calls reflect the ability to multitask effectively.  In this species (Hyla chrysoscelis) males produce...

Wind And Rain Spreading Pesticides Beyond Farmland
2013-07-27 07:34:00

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online For years, conservationists have been warning about the potential seepage of agricultural chemicals into the ecosystem and a new report from researchers at the US Geological Survey has found evidence of pesticides in Pacific chorus frogs living miles away, but down wind, from California farmlands. The report, which was published in the journal Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, supports previous research that has found evidence of...

Lost Frog In The Lost World
2013-07-17 19:17:36

AlphaGalileo Foundation Ecotourism and Conservation - Can it work? In the context of a study in the forests of Central Guyana, a team of scientists from the Senckenberg Research Institute in Dresden investigated this very question and by chance found a previously undiscovered species of frog that only exists in a very confined area of the so-called Iwokrama Forest. The related study was published in the scientific journal "Organisms, Diversity and Evolution". The Lost World, a famous...

Robotic Frogs Turn Boring Mating Call Into A Serenade
2013-07-15 15:24:23

University of Texas at Austin [ Watch The Video Robot Frog Attracting Potential Mate ] The 'rather bizarre' result may provide insight into how complex traits evolve by hooking together much simpler traits With the help of a robotic frog, biologists at The University of Texas at Austin and Salisbury University have discovered that two wrong mating calls can make a right for female tungara frogs. The "rather bizarre" result may be evidence not of a defect in the frog brain, but of...

2013-07-11 12:06:05

A recent U.S. Geological Survey report confirmed that the nation's amphibians, including frogs, toads and salamanders, are disappearing "at an alarming and rapid rate." A biologist at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has found that North Carolina's Southern Cricket Frog populations mirror this disturbing national trend. "It's a steady flow of bad news for amphibians," said Jonathan Perry Micancin [mih-CAN-sin], a visiting lecturer and recent Ph.D. graduate in UNC's Biology...


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Australian Green Tree Frog, Litoria caerulea
2014-10-01 09:27:47

The Australian Green Tree Frog (Litoria caerulea), known also as the Dumpy Tree Frog, White’s Tree Frog, or simple the Green Tree Frog. It is a species of tree frog endemic to Australia and New Guinea, with introduced populations in New Zealand and the United States. The species belongs to the Litoria genus. It is physiologically similar to some species of the genus, particularly the Magnificent Tree Frog (L. splendida) and the Giant Tree Frog (L. infrafrenata). This frog is larger than...

Green And Golden Bell Frog, Litoria aurea
2014-09-30 10:32:09

The Green and Golden Bell Frog (Litoria aurea), also named the Green Bell Frog, Green and Golden Swamp Frog and Green Frog, is a ground-dwelling tree frog endemic to eastern Australia. Despite its classification and climbing abilities, it doesn’t live in trees and spends almost all of its time close to ground level. It can reach up to 4.3 inches long, making it one of Australia’s largest frogs. Its coloration is gold and green and they are voracious eaters of insects, but will also...

Foothill Yellow-Legged Frog, Rana boylii
2014-09-16 08:43:34

The Foothill Yellow-Legged Frog (Rana boylii) is a small frog measuring about 1.46 to 3.2 inches. It belongs to the genus Rana within the Ranidae family. This species can be found from northern Oregon, down California’s west coast, and into Baja California, Mexico. Both the Columbia Spotted Frog and the Cascades Frog, also part of the Rana genus, reside in the northern regions of this frog’s territory. They show a preference for living in streams and rivers, and lay their eggs in masses...

Malabar Tree Toad, Pedostibes Tuberculosus
2014-09-15 16:22:26

The Malabar Tree Toad, Pedostibes Tuberculosus, is a species of toad located in forests along the Western Ghats of India south of Goa. It is small and it can be found in wet tree hollows or leaf bases that contain water. This slender frog features a moderately sized head with a pointed snout and vertical lores. The distance between the eyes is as wide as the width of the upper eyelid. The opening of the ear is well marked and is about a third of the diameter of the eye. The fingers are...

Golfodulcean Poison Frog, Phyllobates Vittatus
2014-09-12 08:59:50

The Golfodulcean Poison Frog, Phyllobates Vittatus, is a species of frog belonging to the Dendrobatidae family that is native to Costa Rica. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical, moist, lowland forests and rivers. It’s threatened by habitat loss. Like all members of the genus Phyllobates, Golfodulcean Poison Frogs have highly potent neurotoxin alkaloid poisons in their skin. While it’s only the fourth most toxic of the genus, the Golfodulcean Poison Frog is still a highly...

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