Australia

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.…

Australia's White-bellied Frog At Greatest Risk Of Extinction

The white-bellied frog (Geocrinia alba) has joined 25 other frog species in Australia on that country’s list of species at greatest risk of extinction, according to a researcher paper published in Pacific Conservation Biology. In the study, the researchers found…

Aussie Vet Sews Up Hole On Tiny Treefrog

A veterinarian in Australia performed a successful surgery on a green tree frog that had a hole in its chest. Brisbane veterinarian Dr. Meaghan Barrow told ABC Radio Brisbane that the little amphibian, which measured less than 2 cm in…

Aussie Trucker Pulls Over To Move Python Off The Road

A truck driver in the Northern Territories of Australia happened upon a black-headed python (Aspidites melanocephalus) that was cruising up the middle of a dirt road, not even trying to cross it. So the truck driver, whose twitter handle is…

Skink That Lived 25 Million Years Ago Discovered In Australia

An extinct skink species that lived in what is now South Australia more than 25 million years ago has been discovered and described by researchers with the University of West Australia. The skink, Proegernia mikebulli, belongs to the family Scincidae…

Gulf Snapping Turtle Elseya lavarackorum Renamed Elseya oneiros

The Gulf snapping turtle, Elseya lavarackorum, so named in 1997, is actually a new species of turtle, and Elseya lavarackorum is probably extinct, scientists in Australia told ABC News Australia. The new turtle is named Elseya oneiros. “The fossil specimen…

Frog Safe Inc, a frog hospital in Queensland, Australia found a white-lipped treefrog (Nyctimystes infrafrenatus) with an abnormal growth on its lips, and when antimicrobial agents were applied to the growth and proved ineffective, the frog was sent to a…

Spotted-Thighed Frog A Threat To South Australia Native Species

The spotted-thighed treefrog (Litoria cyclorhyncha), an amphibian that is native to southern Western Australia has made its way to South Australia by humans and has the potential to wreak havoc on native species. A paper published in the Australian Journal…