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10

Jul

If your fridge dies, should you put frogs in your milk?Before modern refrigeration, some people in Russia and Finland preserved milk by placing a live frog in it. Now science can explain why that works — and how it might help us save more than just milk.

If your fridge dies, should you put frogs in your milk?
Before modern refrigeration, some people in Russia and Finland preserved milk by placing a live frog in it. Now science can explain why that works — and how it might help us save more than just milk.

26

Jun

Meet the desert rain frog, world’s cutest amphibianYes, adorableness is in the eye of the beholder, but this super-squeaker takes the cake.

Meet the desert rain frog, world’s cutest amphibian
Yes, adorableness is in the eye of the beholder, but this super-squeaker takes the cake.

16

Jun

The amazing science of the sticky tongues of frogsThe adhesive mechanism of frogs’ tongues is similar to the tacky glue on Post-It notes, researchers found.

The amazing science of the sticky tongues of frogs
The adhesive mechanism of frogs’ tongues is similar to the tacky glue on Post-It notes, researchers found.

05

Jun

Tiny frogs use concrete storm drains as megaphonesResearchers have found plenty of males calling for mates in drains, but they have yet to determine if female frogs prefer the calls from sewers over those from trees.

Tiny frogs use concrete storm drains as megaphones
Researchers have found plenty of males calling for mates in drains, but they have yet to determine if female frogs prefer the calls from sewers over those from trees.

08

May

New species of dancing frogs discoveredFourteen new species of dancing frogs — so named because of the unique kicks they use to attract mates — have been found in the mountains of southern India.The discovery brings the total number of known dancing frog species to 24.Only the male frogs “dance,” which involves stretching and extending the legs in a breeding behavior known as foot-flagging.
By whipping their legs out, the frogs draw the attention of females that might not be able to hear their mating croaks over the sound of rushing water.
The frogs also use their leg extensions to smack away other males. For every one female dancing frog, there are about 100 males, making the “dance” that much more important.

New species of dancing frogs discovered
Fourteen new species of dancing frogs — so named because of the unique kicks they use to attract mates — have been found in the mountains of southern India.

The discovery brings the total number of known dancing frog species to 24.
Only the male frogs “dance,” which involves stretching and extending the legs in a breeding behavior known as foot-flagging.

By whipping their legs out, the frogs draw the attention of females that might not be able to hear their mating croaks over the sound of rushing water.

The frogs also use their leg extensions to smack away other males. For every one female dancing frog, there are about 100 males, making the “dance” that much more important.

26

Apr

What’s the difference between frogs and toads?In honor of Save the Frogs Day on April 26, leap into the ribbiting world of amphibian ambiguity.

What’s the difference between frogs and toads?
In honor of Save the Frogs Day on April 26, leap into the ribbiting world of amphibian ambiguity.

30

Jan

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shelter from the storm. photos by kutub uddin (more frog pics)

22

Nov

Researchers puzzled by deadly fungus that’s killing Darwin’s frogsThe fungus may have been spread to the frogs by African clawed frogs that were introduced to the region for pregnancy tests.

Researchers puzzled by deadly fungus that’s killing Darwin’s frogs
The fungus may have been spread to the frogs by African clawed frogs that were introduced to the region for pregnancy tests.

21

Oct

Secrets to the biggest frog jumps everSolid frog jumping involves keeping the amphibian warm and also engaging its fight-or-flight response.

Secrets to the biggest frog jumps ever
Solid frog jumping involves keeping the amphibian warm and also engaging its fight-or-flight response.

03

Sep

Tiny frog hears with its mouthThe mouth amplifies the frequencies and that sound is transmitted through tissue and bones in the skull to frog’s the inner ear.

Tiny frog hears with its mouth
The mouth amplifies the frequencies and that sound is transmitted through tissue and bones in the skull to frog’s the inner ear.