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Tiger Snake Size Depends On Offspring Mouth Size
2012-05-16 08:14:34

Tiger snakes in Australia are of varied size, with some isolated island populations being twice the size of those on the mainland. New research conducted by Fabien Aubret of La Station d'Ecologie Experimentale du CNRS à Moulis, published in “The American Naturalist,” theorizes that the mainland snakes eat mainly frogs and always have. When sea level rose after that last Ice Age, some tiger snakes were stranded on islands where frogs could not survive because of dry...

Critically Endangered Frogs Surviving In New Home
2012-05-03 13:14:48

The Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust reports that a critically endangered frog species has found new hope in a new home. The conservationists reported that captive "mountain chicken" frogs that were reintroduced to the Caribbean island of Montserrat are alive and well. The mountain chicken frogs are one of the world's largest frog species, but its population has declined by as much as 80 percent in the wild.  Some of the female frogs can weigh a couple of pounds. "Due to...

2012-04-25 07:43:21

Here's an anatomical packing list for making that historic trip from water to land circa 370 million years ago: Lungs? Check. Legs? Check. Patches of highly vascular bone in the skin? In a new paper, scientists propose why many of the earliest four-legged creatures that dared breathe on land carried bony skin features. The "dermal bones" within the skin, especially the bones covering the skull roof and forming part of the shoulder girdle, had a highly complex surface of ridges and furrows...

Athletic Frogs Have Faster-Changing Genomes
2012-04-13 07:59:11

Durham, NC – Physically fit frogs have faster-changing genomes, says a new study of poison frogs from Central and South America. Stretches of DNA accumulate changes over time, but the rate at which those changes build up varies considerably between species, said author Juan C. Santos of the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center in Durham, North Carolina. In the past, biologists trying to explain why some species have faster-changing genomes than others have focused on features...

The Saga Of The Long-Fingered Frog
2012-03-28 12:14:37

A single specimen of the Bururi long-fingered frog has been discovered by herpetologists from the California Academy of Sciences and the University of Texas at El Paso. The researchers discovered the Bururi frog while on a research expedition to Burundi in December 2011. This frog had been considered long since extinct, as the last time it had been seen by scientists was in 1949. Burundi is a place of interest for biologists who study the evolution and distribution of life in Africa....

Image 1 - New Frog Species Discovered In New York City
2012-03-15 09:26:58

New York City has many mysteries, however this latest has scientists scratching their heads.  How did an entire species of frog - in one of the nation´s most crowded and oldest cities - go undiscovered for as long as it did? In 2009, Jeremy A. Feinberg, a doctoral candidate in ecology and evolution at Rutgers University, heard a strange single croak as he was listening for the multiple croaks of the southern leopard frog in mating season. “I started hearing these calls,...

2012-03-14 21:08:04

In the wilds of New York City – or as wild as you can get so close to skyscrapers – scientists have found a new leopard frog species that for years biologists mistook for a more widespread variety of leopard frog. While biologists regularly discover new species in remote rain forests, finding this one in the ponds and marshes of Staten Island, mainland New York and New Jersey – sometimes within view of the Statue of Liberty – is a big surprise, said the scientists...

2012-03-12 17:55:00

Tree Frog Pad gives drivers hands-free control of devices with the dashboard sticky pads and non-slip dash mats for truck drivers. The Tree Frog Pad non slip dash mat retains its full stickiness and adhesive stick after stick and is the preferred choice for all truck driver´s needing an all-in-one dashboard sticky pad to secure their GPS systems, mobile phones, laptops and other digital product on the move (PRWEB) March 12, 2012 Thousands of truck drivers in the United States have...


Latest Frog Reference Libraries

Western Toad, Anaxyrus Boreas
2014-08-29 10:52:14

The Western Toad, Anaxyrus boreas, or more commonly known as Bufo boreas, is a large toad species of western North America. It grows to between 5.6 and 13 centimeters long. It has a white or cream colored dorsal stripe, and is dusky gray or greenish dorsally with skin glands concentrated within the dark blotches. Its parotoid glands are oval shaped, widely separated, and larger than the upper eyelids. It features a mottled venter and horizontal pupils but it lacks cranial crests. Compared...

Costa Rican Variable Harlequin Toad, Atelopus Varius
2014-08-29 09:49:13

The Costa Rican Variable Harlequin Toad, Atelopus varius, known also as the clown frog, is a neo-tropical true toad belonging to the family Bufonidae. Ranging once from Costa Rica to Panama, A. varius is currently listed as critically endangered and has been decreased to a single remnant population near Quepos, Costa Rica and is assumed to be extinct within Panama. Some recent variation in the air temperature, precipitation, stream flow patterns, and the following spread of a pathogenic...

Archey’s Frog, Leiopelma archeyi
2014-08-27 09:54:56

Archey’s frog (Leiopelma archeyi) is one of three or four living species within the Leiopelma genus, which holds frogs that are native to New Zealand. This species can only be found along the Coromandel Peninsula and because it has not changed much throughout the past two hundred million years, it is considered to be a living fossil. Little is known about the habits of Archey’s frog, but it is known to be terrestrial, inhabiting damp areas at high elevations. It is thought that males...

Maud Island Frog, Leiopelma pakeka
2014-08-22 10:38:14

The Maud Island frog is native to New Zealand, first discovered in the 1940’s. Originally classified as the same species as the Hamilton’s frog, it was reclassified in 1998 as its own species. The Maud Island frog is one of the oldest species known. It has been in existence for roughly 200 million years. In 2006, 60 Maud Island frogs were introduced to a predator free sanctuary. Thirty others were also released outside the sanctuary for comparison. In February 2008, 13 juvenile frogs...

Palawan Horned Frog, Megophrys ligayae
2014-08-21 11:52:00

The Palawan horned frog is native to the Philippines where the habitat is tropical or subtropical dry forests, moist lowland forests, moist shrub land, and rivers. Habitat loss is a contributing factor in the reduction of the population of this species. It is listed as endangered on the IUCN list. The color of this species is a light brown or grey with two ridges running down the back and a dark triangular patch behind the dark brown eyes. It has a large and wide head with a pointed snout....

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  • Having so marked an appearance as easily to be recognized.
This word may come from the Swedish 'kanspak,' quick at recognizing persons or things, or else from confusion with 'conspicuous.'