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Give That Frog a Glass of Water

Give That Frog a Glass of Water

We had no internet yesterday! Darn-it! Well we spent that extra time looking for an unusual amphibian who calls the desert home! The water holding frog is soooo cool!

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Date: 4/7

Location: Great Victorian Desert

Water Holding Frog Fun Facts:

  • They have webbed toes.
  • Water holding frogs live underground.

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  • When they bury themselves, they cocoon themselves in a mucus to protect themselves.
  • Water holding frogs eat that mucus when they emerge from their dormant state.
  • Water holding frogs can hold water in their bladder and send it back to their mouths to drink. They can also store in pockets under their skin!
  • They come out of their sandy burrows to mate during rainy season.

Woohoo! Animals have the neatest adaptation ever! Even if they seem kind of gross! Hehehehe!

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Don’t Eat That Tomato

Don’t Eat That Tomato

We went exploring in the forest last night. We were looking for a brightly colored frog. It’s been a while since we went on the hunt for amphibians, so it was a treat to find these guys. They weren’t hard to find, since it’s still frog breeding season and these little chippers are loud!

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Date: 3/13

Location: Madagascar

Tomato Frog Fun Facts:

  • Tomato frogs are bright orange or red.
  • They are brightly colored to warn predators that they are toxic. They secrete a white substance that acts like a glue.
  • Tomato frogs can also inflate when threatened.
  • They are ambush predators.

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  • Tomato frog tadpoles are only 6 millimeters long when born!
  • Tomato frogs can live up to 8 years.

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Tomato frogs are near threatened due to habitat loss and collection of frogs for the pet trade. While frogs make neat pets, it is best to get one from a breeder. Taking animals from the wild damages delicate ecosystems. Keep these tomatoes in the forest.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Hellooooo Big Amphibian!

Hellooooo Big Amphibian!

We went in search of the Coastal Giant Salamander today. It was such fun looking around the woods. We spotted all kinds of critters, insects and such too. We also saw fungus and other kinds of plants. There was so much to see, but the star of the show was the salamander.

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Date: 11/29

Location: Pacific Northwest Temperate rainforest

  • Coastal giant salamanders has four toes on the front feet and five toes on the back feet.
  • They dig small burrows during the rainy season.
  • Coastal giant salamanders are known to eat small rodents.
  • Coastal giant salamanders are vocal. They can bark and growl.
  • They live in streams while they are still larva.

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  • Adults have a marbled coloration.
  • Some adults live their whole lives in water and keep their external gills.

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Salamanders are amazing creatures. It fascinates us that not all of them live on land as adults. There are so many wonders in nature! We just love each and every one of them.

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Another Newt

Another Newt

We headed back to our main camp by the rainforest to find a very small animal compared to large bears we meet yesterday! We discovered this little amphibian under some rocks and leaves. We did the happy  dance when we met the rough skinned newt!

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Date: 11/14

Location: Temperate Rainforest

 

  • Rough skinned newts have rough, bumpy skin as implied by their name.
  • They are brownish-black in color with yellow to orange bellies.
  • Rough skinned newts feed at night.

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  • Rough skinned newts toxin is similar to the toxin that puffer fish produce.
  • They can live as long as 12 years!
  • The common garter snake is the rough skinned newt’s only predator. The snakes have developed immunity to their toxin.

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These toxic little amphibians are definitely cute! We had fun looking for them in the rainforest! Of course, it was a look don’t touch expedition for sure though!

 

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Tree Frog Fun!

Tree Frog Fun!

We headed out with our night vision goggles the day after spotting elk. We had to wait and listen to find the tree dwelling amphibians we were in search for! We spotted those cute little frogs and learned more about them.

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Date: 11/8

Location: Pacific Norhtwest

  • Pacific Tree Frogs vary in color, from brown to tan to grey.
  • Individual frogs can even change color, when they are threatened.
  • Pacific tree frogs have sticky pads on their toes to help them climb. These frogs do tend to spend more time on the ground though.
  • These frogs are famous for their call. If you hear a frog call on tv on in the movies, it is most likely that of a pacific tree frog.

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  • The pacific tree frog is the state frog in Washington state.
  • Male pacific tree frogs have dark throat pouches.
  • They are nocturnal.

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We had fun sitting in the forest listening to the frogs sing. It is so peaceful. Edmond even dozed off while we sat there! Hehehehe!

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We Call a Spade a Spadefoot!

We Call A Spade A Spadefoot!

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We slept in after looking for great horned owls. During the day we met a herpetologist and we went looking for frogs and toads. We found the cutest little toads- called the Great Basin Spadefoot.

Date 11/3

Location: Pacific Northwest

  • Great Basin Spadefoots have warty skin.
  • They produce a toxin and it is used to ward off predators.
  • Great basin spadefoots can vary from brown to grey to olive in color.

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  • Great basin spadefoots have spade on their front feet to help them dig in the ground.
  • They come out at night to absorb moisture from the air.
  • They are dormant in the fall and winter.

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We were lucky to spot some toads as fall is setting in and these amphibians are heading in their dens for the season. They live off their fat stores while they are their! NEAT!

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A Frog You Can See Through

A Frog You Can See Through

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Date: 9/27

Location: Cloud forest

  • Northern glass frogs like other glass frogs have clear or transparent skin on their bellies.
  • The top of the Northern glass frog is a pale green.

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  • They have yellow suction pads on their toes for gripping and yellow irises in their eyes.
  • Northern glass frogs are also known as the Fleischmann’s glass frog.
  • They are nocturnal.
  • Female glass frogs lay eggs under a leaf over running water. When the eggs hatch, the tadpoles fall into the water to develop.
  • Males guard the eggs until they hatch.
  • They are arboreal.

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It was not easy to climb high up in to the cloud forest today, but it was worth it. Edmond kept saying he wished we’d had frogs to eat all the bugs in our group. Professor Carl did eat a few!  We’ll need heavier mud to cover ourselves next time. But after our long, bug-filled hike, we spotted those cute little frogs. It was totally exciting. 

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There’s a Tiger in the Woods!

There’s a Tiger in the Woods!

Did you ever wonder how Lake Salamander got its name? Well it was named after one of its most famous inhabitants! Tiger salamanders live all over the area. Because of their beauty and abundance, it was decided that the lake would be named Lake Salamander!

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Let’s meet these cute little critters!

Tiger Salamander Fun Facts:

  • Tiger salamanders are found in the middle of North America; from Canada to Mexico.
  • They can grow up to 14″ long (most are around 8″) and weigh up to 4 oz (about the weight of a deck of cards).
  • Tiger salamanders are carnivores! They eat frogs, insects and worms.
  • They are listed as least concern by the IUCN.
  • Tiger salamanders get their name from the stripes on their bodies that resemble the stripes of a tiger.
  • Not all tiger salamanders have stripes though. Some have spots or no markings at all.

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  • They live in deep burrows. Most never leave the burrows except to mate or feed.
  • Tiger salamanders are nocturnal.
  • They lay their eggs in water and in the area where they were born. Sometimes they must travel to reach their birthplace.
  • They are related to the axololt! Their larval stage (not full adult) looks like the axololt- with outside gills.
  • Tiger salamanders can live up to 16 years in the wild.
  • They can regenerate their limbs if lost.

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Tiger salamanders are amazing creatures. Some never reach full adult stage and live their whole lives as larva! Amphibians are so awesome! We’ll be sure to have a class on amphibian live phases at the University in the fall- there is so much to learn! Woohoo!

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SAVE THE FROGS DAY!

SAVE THE FROGS DAY!

The pond behind us is full of bullfrog tadpoles! YAY!!

The pond behind us is full of bullfrog tadpoles! YAY!!

Today is Save the Frogs Day! One-third of all amphibians are in danger of becoming extinct! So we thought we’d share 7 reasons why frogs are so awesome and therefore in need of protection!

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Now if those aren’t reasons enough to want to protect our frog friends! We don’t know what will convince you!

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FUN WITH FROGS- GLASS FROG!

FUN WITH FROGS- GLASS FROGS!

We’re meeting our last frog today- Seymour the Glass Frog!  Make sure to play I Spy with us tomorrow on Instagram or Facebook or Twitter! We’ll give you a hint- it’s a frog!

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  • I get my name because the skin on my belly is translucent (see through).
  • You can see a glass frog’s organs through their skin! You can even see my beating heart!
  • Like many of my other frog friends, I am nocturnal.
  • We glass frogs are arboreal and like to call humid rainforests our home. You can find me and many of my cousins in Central and South America.
  • We glass frogs have a claim to fame- one of our species looks like the famous Kermit the frog! It is a honor to represent such a celebrity in the wild!
  • We glass frogs are not very big! We range from 1 inch to 3 inches long!
  • Male glass frogs are territorial. We like our own space.
  • Our big eyes face forward and not to the side like tree frogs!

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We sure do love glass frogs! Who knew their were species in the world who like to show off their insides? It’s their cute faces that get us the most though!

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