amphibian

Smoking Colorado River Toad Poison Is Now A Thing

The poison of the Colorado River toad is a schedule 1 drug, and people have been licking the toads for more than 100 years, apparently to achieve a hallucinogenic effect. Now, actually smoking the toad toxin has become a thing,…

Cane Toad Tadpoles In Australia Cannibalize Younger Tadpoles

Researchers in Australia have discovered an interesting trait in invasive cane toad (Rhinella marina) tadpoles in Australia not seen in their native South America; The Australian tadpoles cannibalize their younger counterparts, which the researchers say enhances their chance of survival.…

29 Captive Raised Hellbender Salamanders Released In Tennessee

The Nashville Zoo, in partnership with the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency & Tennessee State University, last month released 29 zoo raised eastern hellbender salamanders (Cryptobranchus alleganiensis) into local waterways. The initial release of the 29 amphibians culminates a six year…

California Red-Legged Frogs Breeding In Two SoCal Locations

Populations of the California red-legged frog (Rana draytonii), a threatened species and the official state frog of the Golden State, were bolstered with the introduction, in 2014, of frog tadpoles into the Santa Monica mountains by U.S. National Park Service…

Severe Perkinsea Infection Detected In Panama and UK Tadpoles

Researchers studying an emerging disease that is killing tadpoles in North America have found instances of the disease in tadpoles in Panama and the United Kingdom. The disease, called Severe Perkinsea Infection (SPI) has been killing tadpoles in the United…

New Fanged Frog Species Discovered In The Philippines

Researchers in the Philippines have discovered a new frog species that was previously thought to be the same species found on another island, but was determined to be unique through genetic testing. The frog, the Mindoro fanged frog (Limnonectes beloncioi)…

New Marsupial Frog Species Discovered in Peru

Researchers have discovered a new marsupial frog species in the Peruvian Amazon rainforest that is part of the Gastrotheca genus. The frog, Gastrotheca gemma, is green in coloration with a coarse, granular and patternless dorsal skin. Its irises are turquoise…

Illinois Wind Project May Threaten Chorus Frog

The habitat of the Illinois chorus frog (Pseudacris illinoensis) in the state is threatened by a proposed 30,000-acre wind farm project in Mason County, Illinois, that scientists say could change the way the frogs sense and capture their prey buried…

Keeping White's Treefrogs

Few frogs are as instantly recognizable as the chubby White's treefrog (Ranoidea caerulea). So named after John White, who first described the species in 1790, White's treefrogs tend to be mostly green or teal, even though their scientific name refers…

Water Beetle Can Be Eaten By A Frog And Come Out Alive

An aquatic water beetle has been documented being eaten by a frog and then surviving through the amphibian’s digestive system before getting expelled out the frog’s vent' or anus with other feces. A study in the journal Current Biology details…