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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?

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.

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2008-09-30 16:05:38

Insecticide malathion initiates chain reaction that deprives tadpoles of food source, indirectly killing them at doses too small to kill them directly.


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Wood Frog, Rana sylvatica
2014-11-18 13:48:48

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...

Pickerel Frog, Rana palustris
2014-11-18 11:25:03

The Pickerel Frog (Rana palustris) is a North American frog of small size, characterized by the appearance of seemingly “hand-drawn” squares on its dorsal surface. These rectangular spots of the pickerel frog may blend together to create a long rectangle along the back. All Leopard Frogs have circular shaped spots. Additionally, pickerel frogs have prominent dorsolateral ridges that are unbroken. Another significant distinguishing mark is the orange or yellow flash pattern found on the...

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,...

Crawfish Frog, Rana areolata
2013-07-26 19:14:26

The Crawfish Frog (Rana areolata or Lithobates areolatus) is a medium-sized species of frog endemic to the prairies and grasslands of the central United States. Its name comes from the fact that it inhabits the burrows of crayfish for the majority of the year. The crawfish frog grows from 2.2 to 3.0 inches long. It ranges from yellow to brown in coloration, with a white ventral surface. The numerous dark brown colored spots featured on its back each have a light-colored ring around it. It...

Corsican painted frog, Discoglossus montalentii
2013-04-28 09:55:33

The Corsican painted frog is found only on the French island of Corsica in the central mountainous areas from 980 to 6,200 feet in elevation. This species lives both in still and flowing waters and is very agile leaping from rock to rock. The Corsican painted frog is a nocturnal species that will sit in shallow water with only the head above the surface. The Corsican painted frog’s slender body is smooth, shiny, and covered with small warts. This species has two distinct color patterns...

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Word of the Day
honeyguide
  • Any of various tropical Old World birds of the family Indicatoridae, some species of which lead people or animals to the nests of wild honeybees. The birds eat the wax and larvae that remain after the nest has been destroyed for its honey.
Honeyguide birds have even been known to eat candles.