frogs

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 ...

“Strange” New Frog Found in Swimming Pool

A few weeks ago, a boy in eastern Colombia found more than just fun in his swimming pool—he discovered a new species of frog. The 1.5-inch-long (4-centimeter-long) frog “is rather strange-looking—it’s quite fat with short legs and ...

Weird Purple Frog Seduces Females From Underground

Meet the Indian purple frog, also known as the pig-nosed frog. Only formally discovered in 2003, the colorful amphibian is an endangered species native to the mountains of India’s Western Ghats. With a chubby, purple body and pointed, piglike snout, ...

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 ...

Striking Picture: Bats Hunt Frogs by Detecting Water Ripples

Male túngara frogs (Physalemus pustulosus) are the romantic type. Instead of roaming around looking for mates, these tiny Central and South American rain forest amphibians sit in puddles singing love songs, attracting females that flock to the aquatic crooner’...

Poison Frogs Make Their Babies Toxic, Too

By Karl Gruber Strawberry poison frogs (Oophaga pumilio) of Costa Rica give their newborn tadpoles a built-in weapon against predators: alkaloids. Various animals and plants use alkaloids—naturally occurring, bitter-tasting chemical compounds—as a first line of defense. For instance, ...

Why Has the Darwin’s Frog Likely Gone Extinct?

Deep in the forests of Chile, a frog has gone silent, possibly forever—and an epidemic fungus may be the culprit. Northern Darwin’s frog (Rhinoderma rufum) is likely extinct due to the effects of the fungal disease chytridiomycosis that’...

Good Vibrations: 7 Animals That Use Vibrations to Communicate

Although we can’t always perceive them, vibrations provide a critical way of communicating for many animal species. Scientists think vibrational communication is an ancient sensory mode—one that is still widely used throughout the animal kingdom. Animals from tiny ...

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 ...

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, ...