Frog News Archive
Don't get any ideas, though, frog-lickers!
These guys are still POISONOUS!
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!
A penguin, named Paula from the Newport Aquarium near Cincinnati, Ohio visited the Kentucky Senate.
The penguin was there as a guest when a resolution was proposed to honor the work the aquarium did for marine animals.
Then the penguin did the unthinkable… it pooped right on the floor in the middle of the Senate!!
Check out the above video to see how the Senators react to the poo!
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.
[Image via AP Images.]
We've already seen a bearded lizard playing the newest reptile craze, the game ant crusher.
But now we've got a huge African Bullfrog playing it.
Except he's not too happy with his owner when he finds that he's not actually catching any ants.
Check it out in the above HIGHlarious video.
Scientists believe animals may be able to sense when an earthquake is coming by sensing changes in ground water.
A researcher was studying toads in a lake in Italy when all of the toads suddenly evacuated the lake.
Days just before a major quake.
The researcher said:
"It was very dramatic. It went from 96 toads to almost zero over three days."
Animals that live in or near groundwater are very sensitive to any changes in its chemistry, so they might detect the changes in rocks before the "slip" and cause a quake.
When rocks are under impossibly high levels of stress, they release charged particles.
These particles can flow into surrounding rocks and eventually reach earths surface, converting air molecules into positive ions.
A doctor said:
"Positive airborne ions are known in the medical community to cause headaches and nausea in humans and to increase the level of serotonin, a stress hormone, in the blood of animals."
It's all very sciencey.
Scientists are trying to find a way to incorporate animal behavior into early warning systems.
Basically, if you see a hundred toads leave a pond all at once, you should go stand in a doorway, or get under a sturdy table or one of those other quake survival methods.
[Image via AP Images.]
Wendy Williams put on her brave face and handled some "scary" Halloween animals.
She had the creepy, crawly creatures on her show to show that even though many animals are labeled scary, they aren't naturally evil.
You'll be shocked to see what creatures she actually picks up and holds.
Check out the above video for some creppy creatures on The Wendy Williams Show.
Many different species of animals, like salmon, frogs, robins, squirrels and polar bears, are shirking in size according to a new study.
The authors of the study say that the shrinking is due to global warming but other experts say that they might be taking it too far and that it may just be natural changes.
Some plants have also been shrinking, such as corn, cotton and strawberries.
A co-author of the study said: