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2011-10-27 22:25:00

SmarterComics has taken 'Eat That Frog' by Brian Tracy and transformed it into a digital comic-style book, and it is now available for Kindle download. (PRWEB) October 27, 2011 'Eat That Frog' by Brian Tracy is a call to procrastinators everywhere. From those who have trouble knowing where to start on their to-do lists, as well as those who focus all of their energy into completing smaller tasks first, and then dreading the major one (or two). Brian Tracy has three words of advice for...

Tree Frogs Chill Out To Collect Water
2011-09-30 04:08:40

Research published in the October issue of The American Naturalist shows that Australian green tree frogs survive the dry season with the help of the same phenomenon that fogs up eyeglasses in the winter. According to researchers from Charles Darwin University in Australia, tree frogs often plop themselves down outside on cool nights during the dry season in tropical Australia. When they return to their dens, condensation forms on their cold skin–just like it does on a pair of...

2011-09-22 11:17:52

A PLoS ONE press release Usually it's the frog that catches the unsuspecting bug for a tasty snack, but in an unprecedented predator-prey role reversal, a certain group of ground beetle larvae are able to lure their amphibious would-be predators and consume them with almost 100% success. In a report published today in the online journal PLoS ONE, researchers begin to describe how these larvae are able to pull off this feat. According to the researchers, larvae of the genus Epomis...

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2011-08-18 10:22:38

SF State's Vance Vredenburg and team continue focus on mass extinction of amphibians An international team of researchers has completed the first major survey in Asia of a deadly fungus that has wiped out more than 200 species of amphibians worldwide. The massive survey could help scientists zero in on why the fungus has been unusually devastating in many parts of the globe -- and why Asian amphibians have so far been spared the same dramatic declines. The disease chytridiomycosis, caused by...

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2011-08-07 06:42:06

Female cognitive ability can limit how melodious or handsome males become over evolutionary time, biologists from The University of Texas at Austin, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center and the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute have observed. Males across the animal world have evolved elaborate traits to attract females, from huge peacock tails to complex bird songs and frog calls. But what keeps them from getting more colorful feathers, longer tails, or more melodious...

2011-08-05 12:04:48

A research team that included Hamilton E. Farris, PhD, Research Assistant Professor of Neuroscience and Otorhinolaryngology at LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans, reveals that two entirely different species show similar perception of auditory cues that drive basic biological functions; that these perceptions may be universally shared among animals; and that such perception may also limit the evolution of communication signals. The work is published in the August 5, 2011 issue of Science....

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2011-08-03 05:25:00

The world's ravenous appetite for consuming thousands of tons of frogs' legs every year is driving the amphibians to extinction, and could have a significant impact on bio-diversity, according to a new report by international wildlife conservation groups. The report, entitled "Canap©s to Extinction: The international trade in frogs' legs and its ecological impact", was authored by the groups Pro Wildlife, Defenders of Wildlife and the Animal Welfare Institute, and is the first...

2011-08-02 15:29:39

A study conducted by Hamilton Farris, PhD, Research Assistant Professor of Neuroscience and Otorhinolaryngology at LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans, reveals new information about the way tungara frogs in the tropical rain forest hear, sort, and process sounds which is very similar to the way humans do. The knowledge could be applicable to communication disorders associated with hearing loss and attention deficits or difficulties. Dr. Michael Ryan at the University of Texas, Austin,...

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2011-07-14 10:25:00

Scientists searching the mountains of Borneo made a surprise discovery of a rainbow toad that had not been seen since 1924 by European explorers and had never been photographed until now, BBC News reports. The explorers are overjoyed with the finding of the wildly-colored frog that had not been seen in 87 years. The Bornean rainbow toad, also known as the Sambas Stream toad (Ansonia latidisca), was rediscovered on Borneo in the Malaysian state of Sarawak by a local team of scientists...

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2011-07-13 11:51:18

Current and proposed border fences pose significant threats to wildlife populations, with those animals living in border regions along the Texas Gulf and California coasts showing some of the greatest vulnerability, a new study from The University of Texas at Austin shows. "Our study is the first comprehensive analysis of threats to species across the entire U.S.-Mexico border," says Jesse Lasky, a graduate student in the laboratory of Tim Keitt, associate professor of integrative biology....


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Bleating Tree Frog, Litoria dentata
2014-06-30 14:33:50

The Bleating Tree Frog (Litoria dentata) is a tree frog belonging to the family Hylidae. This frog is native to coastal eastern Australia, from southeastern Queensland, to around Eden, New South Wales. As it is a small frog, it measures up to 45 millimeters long. The dorsal surface of this frog is a dark or pale, rich brown, with broad and irregular bands on each side of the frog starting from the back of the eye. A dark colored stripe extends from the snout, through the eye, and onto the...

Eastern Dwarf Tree Frog, Litoria fallax
2014-05-26 10:53:47

The Eastern Dwarf Tree Frog (Litoria fallax) is a small and very common tree frog located on the eastern coast of Australia, from around Cairns, Queensland, to around Ulladulla, New South Wales. Individuals of this species are often found somewhere else, having been accidentally relocated by transported fruit boxes. Confirmed sightings of breeding pairs have confirmed their survival in Victoria’s cooler climate. This is a small species; the females can reach a maximum size of 25 to 30...

African Red Toad, Schismaderma Carens
2013-11-22 13:31:33

The African Red Toad, Schismaderma Carens, known also as the African Split-Skin Toad, is a species of toad belonging to the family Bufonidae. It’s monotypic within the genus Schismaderma. It is located in Angola, Botswana, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Malawi, Kenya, Mozambique, South Africa, Namibia, Swaziland, Zambia, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, and possibly Lesotho. The natural habitats are dry savanna, moist savanna, tropical or subtropical dry shrubland, tropical or subtropical moist...

Argentine Horned Frog, Ceratophrys Ornata
2013-11-22 09:57:33

The Argentine Horned Frog, Ceratophrys Ornata, also known as the Argentine Wide-Mouthed Frog or Pacman frog, is the most common species of Horned frog, located in the rain forests or Argentina, Uruguay and Brazil. As a voracious eater, it will attempt to swallow anything that moves close to its wide mouth, such as insects, lizards, rodents, and other frogs, even if this predator would suffocate in the process. The female frog can grow to be 6.5 inches snout to vent and the males can reach...

Littlejohn’s Tree Frog, Litoria littlejohni
2013-10-09 12:26:27

The Littlejohn’s Tree Frog (Litoria littlejohni), known also as the Heath Frog or the Orange-Bellied Tree Frog, is a species of tree frog that is native to eastern Australia from Wyong, New South Wales, to Buchan, Victoria. Measuring about 60 millimeters in length, this frog is of medium size. It is usually brown or grey-brown on the dorsal surface with many scattered darker colored flecks and spots. Often, a faint darker patch is featured on the back. A dark line extends from behind the...

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  • A 'bachelor seal'; a young male seal which is prevented from mating by its herd's older males (mated bulls defending their territory).
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