Captive male frog coughs up babies

Publication:   Date: June 3, 2011   View Article

A captive male Darwin’s frog coughed up ten babies Thursday at a zoo in Santiago, Chile, a milestone in a project to save the amphibians from extinction.

The vulnerable species is one of two members of the only genus on Earth that rears its young inside of its vocal sac, a job taken on by the males.

Froggy finds raise hope for Haiti

Publication:   Date: January 12, 2011   View Article

Conservationists have rediscovered six species of frogs in Haiti, offering a ray of hope for the country on the one-year anniversary of the earthquake that left it in shambles.

“I am very wary of highlighting frogs at this time in Haiti. Obviously the country has very pressing needs, but I think ultimately they are a symbol of something more hopeful,” said Robin Moore, an amphibian expert with Conservation International who helped lead the expedition that found the frogs.

Animal Photos Weekly: Tiny Toad, Red Panda Cubs, More

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: September 9, 2008   View Article

Captions for photos of animals in the news. Shots include a surfing pooch, a tiny Kihansi spray toad, a New Caledonian crested gecko, red panda cubs, and a green polar bear.

First Lungless Frog Found

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: April 7, 2008   View Article

The first recorded species of frog that breathes without lungs has been found in a clear, cold-water stream on the island of Borneo in Indonesia.

The frog, named Barbourula kalimantanensis, gets all its oxygen through its skin.

Antifreeze-Like Blood Lets Frogs Freeze and Thaw With Winter’s Whims

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: February 20, 2007   View Article

The freeze-thaw, freeze-thaw see-saw of this winter’s temperatures may be a sign of global warming. But for now wood frogs are weathering the flux in style, according to an expert on the amphibians.

Poison Frogs Losing Their Toxicity, Study Suggests

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: November 7, 2006   View Article

Poison frogs may be losing their toxicity as human development fragments their habitats, a recent study says.

The study examined the diversity of alkaloids found in poison frogs in different regions and habitats on Madagascar, an island nation off the southeast coast of Africa.

Ancient Fish Fossil May Rewrite Story of Animal Evolution

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: October 18, 2006   View Article

A fish that swam on an ancient barrier reef in Australia 380 million years ago had fins and nostrils remarkably similar to the limbs and ears of the first four-limbed creatures to walk on land, according to a new study.

Four-limbed land animals, also known as tetrapods, such as modern amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals, evolved from lobed-finned fish.

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