Queen University's Herpetologist Valerie Clark recently discovered that the skin of Madagascar poison frogs actually contain the sugar sucrose, which marks them as the first known case of the chemical being produced by an animal, and not a plant!
It seems like it may be caused by their diet, as the frogs eat ants, who in turn, acquire the sugar from the sap of the plants in which they live!
Scientists discovered the world's smallest vertebrate… and it is the CUTEST little frog.
So tiny it could comfortably sit on the head of a pencil eraser… or on top of a dime.
The frog, when fully grown, is less than three-tenths of an inch long.
It was discovered when two researchers were on a trip in Papua New Guinea.
The frog lives mainly on the floor of the rain forest, among the moist leaves.
The little frog is important to science, one researcher said, because it helps scientists to:
"[…] better understand the advantages and disadvantages of extreme small size and how such extremes evolve. Fundamentally, these tiny vertebrates provide a window on the principles that constrain animal design."
All we know is it's crazy cute and we'd want one as a tiny pet if it wasn't for the fact that we'd be afraid of losing it or it crawling in our ear or something.
As we previously reported, Shirlene went missing under bizarre circumstances around 1 a.m. this past Sunday. The dancer had boarded a bus at the Port Authority terminal in New York before vanishing without a trace.
To make matters even more concerning, Quigley missed her nightly call with her Los Angeles-based father. Shirlene's phone was later located at a bridal store in NYC while her car was found abandoned.
Given the freaky circumstances, RiRi and Elliott were terribly concerned.
Now we're happy to report Shirlene has been FOUND. She's currently at an undisclosed medical facility receiving some sort of treatment. Authorities also say S.Q.'s dad is traveling from LA to New Jersey be with his daughter.