amphibians

When I saw my first poison frog in the amazing surroundings of the Bocas del Toro archipelago in Panama, I knew that the course of my life was forever changed. Enchanted by their bright colors and astonished by their small body size, this epiphany entirely altered my perception of frog behavior and ecology....

The giant “devil frog” was even more terrifying than previously thought, a new study says. Recent fossil analysis shows that the predatory amphibian, Beelzebufo ampinga, was smaller than first described, but had spiky flanges protruding from its skull and plate-like armor down its back. (Also see “7 Demonic Creatures: Thorny Devil, Satanic Gecko, More.”) Initially estimated...

Jodi Rowley is a National Geographic grantee discovering and documenting the diversity, ecology and conservation status of highly threatened amphibians in the forested mountains of Vietnam.  —– Although my passion for amphibians and their conservation brought me to this mountainous region in northern Vietnam in search of amphibians, this post isn’t about frogs, salamanders or caecilians. It’s about people....

Krystal Tolley is a National Geographic grantee discovering the diversity of reptiles and amphibians in the montane forests of Mozambique. —- The Afromontane archipelago of Mozambique is an unexplored, but potentially biologically important area which has rarely been surveyed. These montane isolates form an important, unexplored linkage between the better studied Eastern Arc Mountains and...

Krystal Tolley is a National Geographic grantee discovering the diversity of reptiles and amphibians in the montane forests of Mozambique. —- The Afromontane archipelago of Mozambique is an unexplored, but potentially biologically important area which has rarely been surveyed. These montane isolates form an important, unexplored linkage between the better studied Eastern Arc Mountains and...

Jodi Rowley is a National Geographic grantee discovering and documenting the diversity, ecology and conservation status of highly threatened amphibians in the forested mountains of Vietnam.  —– I wake up with large, knobbly tree-roots digging into my back. Our basecamp in the forest has been leaning over more and more each night. It’s now reached the point that it...

Jodi Rowley is a National Geographic grantee discovering and documenting the diversity, ecology and conservation status of highly threatened amphibians in the forested mountains of Vietnam.  —– I wake up with large, knobbly tree-roots digging into my back. Our basecamp in the forest has been leaning over more and more each night. It’s now reached the point that it...

Jodi Rowley is a National Geographic grantee discovering and documenting the diversity, ecology and conservation status of highly threatened amphibians in the forested mountains of Vietnam.  —– In northwestern Vietnam, approximately 200 miles northwest of the claustrophobically crowded city of Hanoi, lies a tract of rugged limestone mountains covered with forest. Although the forest is used by the local people,...

Jodi Rowley is a National Geographic grantee discovering and documenting the diversity, ecology and conservation status of highly threatened amphibians in the forested mountains of Vietnam.  —– In northwestern Vietnam, approximately 200 miles northwest of the claustrophobically crowded city of Hanoi, lies a tract of rugged limestone mountains covered with forest. Although the forest is used by the local people,...

By Tim Hornyak Imagine an amphibian up to 5 feet (1.5 meters) long that can weigh 80 pounds (36 kilograms) and snap chunks off your finger in a split second. The Japanese giant salamander is one of the largest of its kind in the world: a mottled, slimy, living fossil that has changed little in...

By Tim Hornyak Imagine an amphibian up to 5 feet (1.5 meters) long that can weigh 80 pounds (36 kilograms) and snap chunks off your finger in a split second. The Japanese giant salamander is one of the largest of its kind in the world: a mottled, slimy, living fossil that has changed little in...

Less than a week after NASA launched its latest moon orbiter, the world appears to be abuzz, not about the mission, but about a tiny airborne frog that photo-bombed the liftoff photos. Late last Friday, September 6, the 70-foot (21-meter) high Minotaur V rocket carrying NASA’s car-sized Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) lifted...

Less than a week after NASA launched its latest moon orbiter, the world appears to be abuzz, not about the mission, but about a tiny airborne frog that photo-bombed the liftoff photos. Late last Friday, September 6, the 70-foot (21-meter) high Minotaur V rocket carrying NASA’s car-sized Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) lifted...

Jodi Rowley is a National Geographic grantee discovering and documenting the diversity, ecology and conservation status of highly threatened amphibians in the forested mountains of Vietnam.  —– Today we are leaving the village and heading back to Hanoi. Up at 6am, we begin packing. Once all of our gear is more or less confined within duffel bags, hiking packs,...

Jodi Rowley is a National Geographic grantee discovering and documenting the diversity, ecology and conservation status of highly threatened amphibians in the forested mountains of Vietnam.  —– Today we are leaving the village and heading back to Hanoi. Up at 6am, we begin packing. Once all of our gear is more or less confined within duffel bags, hiking packs,...