amphibians

Revelations in the Way Poison Frogs Care for Their Young

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 ...

Extinct “Devil Frog” Sported Spikes, Body Armor

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 ...

Forests and Flying Frogs: New Friends in Far Away Places

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 ...

The Hidden World of Mozambique’s Sky Island Forests

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 ...

The Hidden World of Mozambique’s Sky Island Forests

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 ...

Forests and Flying Frogs: Surprise Sinkholes

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 ...

Forests and Flying Frogs: Surprise Sinkholes

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 ...

Forests and Flying Frogs: The Adventure Begins

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 ...

Forests and Flying Frogs: The Adventure Begins

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 ...

Rare Giant Salamanders Bred in Captivity

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 ...

Rare Giant Salamanders Bred in Captivity

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 ...

Flying Frog Photo-Bombs Rocket Launch

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 ...

Flying Frog Photo-Bombs Rocket Launch

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 ...

Misty Mountains and Moss Frogs: The Road Home

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, ...

Misty Mountains and Moss Frogs: The Road Home

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, ...