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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...

2013-10-09 23:03:12

Loggerhead Treated at the Sea Turtle Hospital Ready for Release Charleston, SC (PRWEB) October 09, 2013 A juvenile loggerhead sea turtle treated by the South Carolina Aquarium Sea Turtle Rescue Program, will be released this Thursday, October 10, 2013 at the Folly Beach County Park. The public is invited to come say goodbye to “Pluff” at 4:30 p.m. The release is being held in partnership with the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR) and the Charleston County Parks...

Turtles Forced Out Of Habitat By CLimate Change
2013-10-09 14:32:38

[ Watch the Video: North American Turtles Face Shrinking Habitats ] Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online As climate change progresses, it threatens to push species out of their current habitats and into unfamiliar territories. According to a new research review in the journal PLOS ONE, turtle populations face an uncertain future and could be stressed or severely threatened by climate change-induced displacement. In the study, researchers looked at 59 species of North...

2013-09-27 23:00:39

Charleston Day School students raise more than $10,000 through Read-a-thon. (PRWEB) September 27, 2013 Thirty-two third graders from Charleston Day School raised their voices together as they read aloud the mock check for $10,195.38 to support the South Carolina Aquarium Sea Turtle Rescue Program. The gift, presented on Friday September 27, 2013, represents the largest one-time donation from a school and will provide food to turtle patients in the Aquarium’s care for one full year....

Oldest Lizard Fossil Found
2013-09-25 12:21:00

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online An international team of researchers has discovered the oldest known lizard-like fossil near Vellberg, Germany. The find offers new insights into the evolution of reptiles including lizards, snakes and tuatara, according to a newly published report in BMC Evolutionary Biology. The ancient reptile’s fossilized jaws indicate that these reptiles were alive during the Middle Triassic period some 240 million years ago. “The Middle...

2013-09-24 23:02:39

Donated Flight Lands Loggerhead in the Care of the Sea Turtle Rescue Program Charleston, S.C. (PRWEB) September 24, 2013 A private pilot from New Jersey stepped up to the plate to transport a threatened sea turtle to the South Carolina Aquarium Sea Turtle Rescue Program for treatment. William Kindle, a board member for the Marine Mammal Stranding Center in Brigantine, New Jersey, flew the 75-pound juvenile loggerhead to Charleston on his Cessna Citation II aircraft earlier today. The...

Three New Species Of Tiny Frogs Discovered In Papua New Guinea
2013-09-20 14:09:42

Pensoft Publishers Three new species of tiny frogs from Papua New Guinea are described in the latest issue of Zookeys. Dr Fred Kraus, University of Michigan, who in 2011 in Zookeys described the world's smallest frogs Paedophryne dekot and Paedophryne verrucosa, now adds another 3 species from the genus Oreophryne to the remarkable diversity of this region. The three new species Oreophryne cameroni, Oreophryne parkopanorum and Oreophryne gagneorum are all rather minute, with total body...

Banana Farms Contaminating Costa Rica's Crocs
2013-09-19 12:18:12

Wiley Shoppers spend over £10 billion on bananas annually and now this demand is being linked to the contamination of Central America's crocodilians. New research, published in Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, analyses blood samples from spectacled caiman in Costa Rica and finds that intensive pesticide use in plantations leads to contaminated species in protected conservation areas. "Banana plantations are big business in Costa Rica, which exports an estimated 1.8 million...

Understanding Origins Of Flight With Wind Tunnel
2013-09-18 10:40:09

[ Watch The Video: Wind Tunnel Helps Understand Bird Flight ] Michael Harper for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Recent research has uncovered the evolutionary origin of birds, as the limbs of certain dinosaurs transformed into wings and gave these creatures the ability to fly. Scientists at the University of Southampton have taken this research one step farther and now say they understand how feathered dinosaurs developed the ability to use these wings for flight. For years...

Avian Evolution: How Raptor Limbs Became Bird Wings
2013-09-18 06:09:13

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Scientists are certain that sometime around 150 million years ago birds originated from a group of small, meat-eating theropod dinosaurs called maniraptorans. According to recent studies conducted around the world, the maniraptorans were very bird-like, with feathers, hollow bones, small body sizes and high metabolic rates. What remains unclear is at what point the forelimbs evolved into wings, making it possible for the maniraptorans...


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Asian Common Toad, Duttaphrynus melanostictus
2014-09-16 16:12:49

The Asian Common Toad, Duttaphrynus Melanostictus, is most likely a compound of more than one toad species that’s widely distributed in South Asia. This toad is commonly called the Asian Common Toad, Asian Toad, Black-spectacled Toad, Common Sunda Toad and the Japanese Toad. This species has the potential to grow to about 8 inches long. The species breeds during the monsoons and the tadpoles are a black color. The young toads may be seen in large numbers after the monsoons. The top of...

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...

Rio Grande Leopard Frog, Rana berlandieri
2014-09-16 08:16:44

The Rio Grande Leopard Frog (Rana berlandieri) is a species of aquatic frog that is native to the southern United States in Texas and New Mexico, and south through Mexico and Central America. It is also occasionally referred to as the Mexican Leopard Frog. The handle berlandieri honors the Belgian naturalist Jean Louis Berlandier, who worked for the Mexican government on one of the first biological surveys of Texas. These frogs grow up to 2.2 to 4.5 inches long. They are normally tan,...

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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