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Reptiles and Amphibians in the News

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Rediscovered Australian Frog

An Australian frog thought extinct for 30 years has been rediscovered. (News source.)

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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Breeding Behavior

Interesting information on all-female species of whiptail lizard.

And, a certain Peruvian frog is the first known monogamous amphibian.

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Monday, February 15, 2010

Coquis and Hawaiian Farmers

The presence of coquis is troubling farmers who fear they may be quarantined. (News source.)

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Saturday, February 13, 2010

Just in Time for Valentine's Day

Love Songs of African Clawed Frogs (NPR)

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Saturday, January 30, 2010

Frog News

Some video and notes on how Tungara frogs whip up their frothy nests, here.

A PNG frog undergoes a significant ontogenetic color change. (News source.)

An endangered frog's eggs are being frozen for conservation purposes. (News source.)

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Sunday, January 24, 2010

Frog vs Shrew

Interesting column here.

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Sunday, January 3, 2010

Frog Eats Snake

A large frog (treefrog?) in Queensland was photographed dining on a snake.

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Sunday, December 27, 2009

Frog Poisoning by Shamans

Two Chilean shamans are being sought by police after they used extracted poison from a dart frog in a traditional healing ceremony that went wrong. (News source.)

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Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Frog Embryos and Snakes

Embryos of a red-eyed tree frog can detect the motion of snakes, and hatch early accordingly. (News source.)

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Frogs Linked to Salmonella Outbreak

The CDC is saying that a recent salmonella outbreak is connected to aquatic frogs, though I don't see anything specifically tying them all together. (News source.)

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Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Peruvian Frogs

Some interesting new frogs from high in the Andes, here.

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Thursday, September 3, 2009

Frog Farming Controversy

Intensive frog farming may not be feasible, but is it worth it? The debate continues. Details here.

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Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Smuggler Busted

If he had had the proper documentation, he could have brought them across the US/Canada border legally, but he didn't want to wait the "several months," and got busted carrying four pit vipers and six tree frogs into Canada. The fine was $1000. (News source.)

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Some Frog News

The first protein-based toxin in an amphibian has been discovered, in a treefrog. Most amphibian toxins are obtained from other sources like prey. (News source.)

An interesting photo gallery of treefrogs from Vietnam, here.

Mountain chicken frog tadpoles have some very strange cannibalistic behavior. (News source.)

A new Costa Rica treefrog shows distinctive coloration differences between adults and juveniles, and between genders. (News source.)

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The Great Basin spadefoot is profiled here.

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Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Disease Leads to Behavioral Changes

Ranavirus in UK frogs may be leading to mating choice changes in the amphibians there. (Eurekalert.)

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Friday, July 17, 2009

Invasive News

Cuban tree frog expansion in Florida may be nearing its limits as they reach colder climates. (News source.)

The governor of Florida has approved python-hunting in the Everglades. (News source.)

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Prisoners Raise Endangered Frogs

A few prisoners in Washington State are helping to raise endangered Oregon spotted frogs, and are doing a pretty good job at it. (News source.)

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Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Frog Farm Failure

A Chinese farmer trying to raise American frogs (I assume bullfrogs) lost 270,000 of them, and blames noise from a nearby construction site. (News source.)

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Friday, July 3, 2009

Rip Van Frog

Researchers are investigating how some burrowing frogs can sleep in mud for months or years. (News source.)

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