Minnesota volunteers continue to survey frogs, toads
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — From a shrill chirp to a banjo-like strum, frog and toad calls are much more nuanced than the "ribbit" sound many children are taught.
CUNDINAMARCA, Colombia (AP) — In a small farmhouse surrounded by cloud forest, Iván Lozano inspects dozens of glass containers that hold some of the world's most coveted frogs.
BOSTON (AP) — State wildlife officials are urging drivers to keep an eye out for frogs and salamanders.
On warm, rainy nights during April and May, amphibians will emerge from their winter...
‘Snot otter’ named Pennsylvania’s official amphibian
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's new official amphibian is a slimy, 2-foot-long (0.6-meter) salamander that needs clean streams to thrive.
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania is getting an official amphibian, a nocturnal, unsightly salamander that's sometimes known as a snot otter, lasagna lizard or mud devil.
ASHVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Federal officials have decided not to list the eastern hellbender salamander as an endangered species. Conservation groups disagree with the decision.
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Biologists are urging drivers to watch out for amphibians that will be crossing roadways across Vermont during their early spring migration.
Poisonous toads infest suburban Florida neighborhood
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — A Florida suburb is being plagued by thousands of poisonous toads.
Experts say the amphibians are bufo toads, also known as cane toads. Residents in the...
HARRISBURG, Ill. (AP) — A stretch of road in southern Illinois is closed to allow snakes and amphibians the chance to migrate to their summer homes.
Volunteers to count frogs, salamanders at road crossings
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Volunteers in the Hudson Valley are preparing to document the annual breeding migrations of frogs and salamanders in a project led by the Department of Environmental...
Proposed Wyoming state amphibian heads to governor’s desk
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming's governor will consider a proposal by high school students to recognize the state's only species of salamander.
A bill designating the blotched tiger salamander as Wyoming's state amphibian cleared the Wyoming House on a 50-9 vote Monday. The bill earlier passed the Senate.
Students at Pathfinder High School in Lander came up with the idea.
Push resumes to recognize official Pennsylvania amphibian
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Pennsylvania Senate renewed its push Monday to make a slimy and unsightly salamander the state's official amphibian in an effort to highlight the plight of a creature whose numbers researchers say are declining rapidly because of pollution in rivers and streams.
The Senate approved the bill in support of the Eastern hellbender, 48-1.
Pennsylvania resumes push to recognize Eastern hellbender
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's Senate is resuming a push to make the Eastern hellbender the state's official amphibian, an effort to highlight the plight of a creature whose numbers researchers say are declining because of pollution in rivers and streams.
The bill emerged unanimously Tuesday from a Senate committee. A previous bill died last year in the House, where it encountered competing legislation promoting the Wehrle's salamander.
Tiny salamanders could complicate Shasta Dam project
SHASTA LAKE, Calif. (AP) — A trio of salamander species in Northern California could complicate a controversial $1.4 billion public works project to heighten the Shasta Dam, the state's largest reservoir.
Supreme Court orders new look at case of endangered frog
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Federal judges must look again at an agency's decision to declare a tract of Louisiana timberland "critical habitat" for an endangered Southeastern frog, following a ruling Tuesday by the nation's highest court.
The U.S. Supreme Court's 8-0 ruling concerns the endangered dusky gopher frog, currently found only in Mississippi.
Unbothered by deadly fungus, salamanders draw researchers
LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) — Scientists are trying to find out why some salamander species in the Blue Ridge Mountains are largely resistant to a fungus that's been killing off amphibians in other parts of the world.
Liberty University said in a news release Monday that its researchers are studying 10 salamander species. They're found along three Virginia mountain peaks near the school in Lynchburg.
Police find endangered, poisonous frogs at Colombia airport
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Police in Colombia's capital have recovered 216 poisonous frogs from an airport bathroom and authorities say smugglers planned to illegally send them for sale in Germany.
Authorities announced Wednesday they'd found the frogs hidden in small film containers that were buried in a bag filled with clothes. The rescued amphibians include endangered species like the dark orange and black Lehmann's poison frog.
- The Santa Fe New MexicanA song of success for frogs in Santa Fe Canyon PreserveMay 27, 2019
- Sentinel & EnterpriseFitchburg Pols Score Points for Spring Peeper As State AmphibianMay 9, 2019
- The Spokesman-ReviewPlague of frogs: Five Mile property owners say stormwater pond is ruining their neighborhoodMay 7, 2019
- The Herald-DispatchSupreme Court jumps to unanimity on frog caseDecember 3, 2018
- The Times-TribuneSupreme Court Rejects Agency’s Bull About FrogDecember 3, 2018
Illinois road closed for migrating snakes until Tuesday
HARRISBURG, Ill. (AP) — Snakes and amphibians that have not yet crossed Snake Road in Shawnee National Forest can relax because officials are giving them a little more time to make the trek.
Detroit Zoo-bred endangered frogs released into the wild
ROYAL OAK, Mich. (AP) — About two dozen endangered frogs raised at the Detroit Zoo have been released into the wild.
The Detroit Zoological Society says 25 dusky gopher frogs were moved this month to the Ward Bayou Wildlife Management Area in southern Mississippi.
North Carolina goes to the frogs as flooding, breeding align
MANTEO, N.C. (AP) — In the wake of Hurricane Florence, the North Carolina coast has been plagued with a tide of frogs and toads, but the storm's record-setting floods aren't entirely to blame.
In South Africa, endangered frogs get another chance
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Conservationists are monitoring some 200 endangered frogs that were released along South Africa's coastline after a captive-breeding program at the Johannesburg Zoo.
The release last month of the Pickersgill's reed frogs happened in KwaZulu-Natal province, where the species' wetland habitat along the Indian Ocean coast has come under severe pressure from human development.
Illinois road closing for migrating snakes
HARRISBURG, Ill. (AP) — Snakes and amphibians will have the right away for a while on Shawnee National Forest's Snake Road.
Detroit Zoo opens new habitat for Japanese giant salamanders
ROYAL OAK, Mich. (AP) — A new habitat at the Detroit Zoo is a home for Japanese giant salamanders.
The former Rainforest Immersion Gallery at the zoo's National Amphibian Conservation Center has been transformed into a space to provide the aquatic amphibians with a habitat twice the size of their previous dwelling.
Some tropical frogs may be developing resistance to a deadly fungal disease – but now salamanders are at risk
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Louise Rollins-Smith, Vanderbilt University
Rare salamander spotted in Vermont forest
HARTFORD, Vt. (AP) — Wildlife experts say a rare salamander has been spotted in a Vermont forest.
The Valley News reports Jon Bouton was hosting an educational tour last month in Hartford Town Forest when he discovered the Jefferson salamander in a vernal pool. Experts at the University of Vermont and Fish and Wildlife Department confirmed the sighting after receiving pictures of the salamander.
Drivers urged to slow for spring amphibian migration
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department is asking drivers to slow down on roads near ponds and wetlands or use alternative routes on rainy spring nights when frogs and salamanders are making their annual migration to spring breeding pools.
Spring means marathon for frogs, salamanders
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The Boston Marathon isn't the only upcoming road race — frogs, salamanders and toads are also on the move.
Many people think that Salmonella infections are caused only by contaminated food, but you can also get infected by handling reptiles, which include turtles, lizards, and snakes, and amphibians like frogs and salamanders.
You can get infected from reptiles and amphibians in your household even if you don’t touch the animals because Salmonella germs in droppings (feces) can contaminate anything they touch, including anything in their environment like aquariums and food dishes.
WASHINGTON (AP) — After years of silence, the rhythmic dee-dee-deeps of frogs and toads are returning in parts of Panama.
A deadly fungal disease devastated amphibians in Central America more than a decade ago, quieting some mountain streams. But new research shows evolution may have saved the day — and the frogs.
EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) — The return of salamander mating season means roadblocks are rising in southwestern Indiana to protect the amorous amphibians.
Visitors to Evansville's Wesselman Woods Nature Preserve are finding some roads blocked off to motorists to safeguard the salamanders as they emerge from their winter hideaways and migrate to shallow pools near the 200-acre preserve's nature center to mate and lay their eggs.
Shawnee National Forest closing road for snake migration
HARRISBURG, Ill. (AP) — The Shawnee National Forest in southern Illinois is closing a roadway so snakes and amphibians can safely migrate from limestone bluffs to a nearby swamp.
Shawnee National Forest’s Snake Road will close next week for annual reptile, amphibian migration
HARRISBURG — Shawnee National Forest’s Snake Road is closing March 15 so that snakes and amphibians, some of them considered threatened and endangered in Illinois and the United States, can migrate from limestone bluffs to nearby LaRue Swamp.
Closing the 2.5-mile-long road, also known as LaRue Road and Forest Service Road No. 345, helps ensure safe crossing for these rare species.
Nature center to host amphibian conservation program
DETROIT (AP) — The Belle Isle Nature Center in Detroit is celebrating daylight saving time with a program on amphibian awareness and conservation.
The free event will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on March 11.
Detroit Zoological Society education curator Amy Greene says the goal is "to help people connect with what's happening to amphibians in nature, including in their own backyards."
The Houston Zoo is celebrating "Froguary" with a selection of frog related programs this month.
Did you know there are more than 6,400 species of frogs and toads? And that you can help them by using recycled paper products? Learn even more about frogs, toads, caecilians, salamanders and newts! Visit the Reptile and Amphibian House any day, or come out for one of the special leap events this month at the Houston Zoo.
Would you like to log a frog? Or would you find it a slog, to log a frog? If you are open to dialogue about a frog log, then Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo has an opportunity for you.
A frog is an amphibian. It lays eggs in water where they hatch into tadpoles that live in water until they metamorphose into adult frogs.
Tree frogs have developed disks or suction pads on the toes of their feet to help them climb.
Frogs have long back legs and webbed feet for jumping and swimming.
A frog can change the color of its skin depending on its surroundings.
The Golden Dart Frog is the most poisonous frog on Earth. The skin of one such frog could kill up to 1,000 people.
Michigan House votes to allow year-round frog hunting
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Legislation that has advanced another step in Michigan would let hunters kill frogs year round and lift a ban against spearing frogs by using an artificial light.
The House passed the bill 69-39 Thursday after changing a version that previously cleared the Senate. The House also voted 84-24 to prohibit hunting reptiles or amphibians for commercial purposes.
Michigan now bans killing any species of frog between mid-November and late spring.
Showdown looming over official Pennsylvania amphibian
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — There's another salamander vying to become Pennsylvania's official amphibian.
House Republican leader Dave Reed circulated a memo Thursday seeking support for forthcoming legislation to make Wehrle's salamander the state's official amphibian.
His memo appeared a day after the Senate voted overwhelmingly to make the Eastern hellbender the official amphibian of Pennsylvania.
Hellbender gets Senate OK as official Pennsylvania amphibian
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The state Senate is advancing legislation to make the Eastern hellbender the official amphibian of Pennsylvania, as researchers say its population is shrinking because of pollution.
University researchers identify possible new frog species
NAMPA, Idaho (AP) — Researchers have identified a possibly undiscovered species of frog after an Idaho college was chosen to house two rare tree frogs.
Customs authorities in Hong Kong had confiscated the tree frogs that were thought to be crowned and fringe-limbed species, and the university applied to host the frogs, the Idaho Press-Tribune reported .
Illinois road closes to allow safe crossing of snake species
WOLF LAKE, Ill. (AP) — The Shawnee National Forest in southern Illinois has closed one of its roads to ensure the safety of snake species that cross it on their way to hibernate.
Marine, 24, is first woman to lead amphibian platoon
SAN DIEGO (AP) — A 24-year-old Marine based in California has become the first female officer to lead an assault amphibian vehicle platoon, the U.S. Marine Corps said.
With her parents looking on, Second Lt. Mariah Klenke made history Tuesday as she graduated from the Assault Amphibian Officer Course at Camp Pendleton.
Shawn Vestal: WSU researcher’s work rescuing frogs from extinction earns him national ‘Golden Goose’ award
More than 20 years ago, Allan Pessier was a recently graduated veterinarian, studying veterinary pathology at the Smithsonian National Zoo in Washington, D.C.
His main project was trying to answer a seemingly limited question: Why were the zoo’s blue poison dart frogs dying off?
Saving amphibians from a deadly fungus means acting without knowing all the answers
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Outdoorsmen come from a broad range of backgrounds, and while we may not fall into the same income bracket, most of us are cut from the same cloth. We tend to be fairly passionate, easy-going types that enjoy the company of others with similar interests. We also like to tell stories. Fishermen, in particular, are known for their ability to, shall we say, embellish things a tad bit.
Illinois forest road closing for snake, amphibian migrations
HARRISBURG, Ill. (AP) — A 2 ½ mile-long road in southern Illinois' Shawnee National Forest is closing Friday for an annual migration of snakes and amphibians.
The roadway closes every year so that the animals can make their gradual, two-month move from areas where they live during the summer to winter hibernation habitats. Some species are considered threatened or endangered in Illinois and the U.S.
Evansville zoo joins effort to save threatened salamander
EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) — A southern Indiana zoo has built an artificial stream designed to fool a rare salamander species into using it for breeding.
The Mesker Park Zoo's artificial stream includes chillers and pumps to mimic a natural flowing river. Officials with the Evansville zoo hope captive Eastern hellbenders will breed and lay eggs in the stream.
If they do, that would be a first for the species that's North America's largest salamander.