Showing posts with label Amphibeans. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Amphibeans. Show all posts

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Coqui


We just learned about the Golden Mantella.

Another type of frog is the Coqui.

This frog mostly lives in Puerto Rico.
They get their name from the sound they make, a "CO" and a "KEY".

Because there were so many of these frogs in Puerto Rico, many people have written songs about the coqui frog.


(from: wikipedia - common coqui)


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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Golden Mantella


We just learned about the Kihansi Spray Toad.

Another type of frog is the Golden Mantella.

This is an endangered type of frog from Madagascar.
They do not have a very large living area, and they are very colorful, so they are caught a lot for pets.

These frogs are are tiny, and are bright orange, bright yellow or bright red.
They are poisonous in their natural habitat because of what they eat, but in a cage they are not poisonous.
Their croak is just like a clicking sound, and they usually hide out when they are calling each other since they are small and have to hide from predators.


(from: wikipedia - golden mantella)


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Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Kihansi Spray Toad


We just learned about the Bumblebee Toad.

Another type of frog is the Kihansi Spray Toad.

These true toads were almost extinct at one point, and there were only 70 of these toads left in the whole world!
They lived in Tanzania near a waterfall, and they needed the misty kind of spray that came off of the waterfall to survive, but their waterfall was changed after a dam was put in place, and some water was flushed into where they live that had pesticides.

There are none of these toads living in the wild, only in zoos where they are trying to rescue them.
There are now thousands of them, but they are still trying to find a place for them in the wild to bring the toad back to it's natural habitat.

(from: wikipedia - kihansi spray toad)


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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Bumblebee Toad


We just learned about the Common Reed Frog.

Another type of frog is the Bumblebee Toad, also called the Melanophryniscus stelzneri.

This type of frog is a true toad, a member of the Bufonidae family.
They get their name because with their black and yellow colors they look like a bumblebee.
Because they are a fun looking toad, a lot of people keep them as pets.


(from: wikipedia - melanophryniscus stelzneri)


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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Common Reed Frog


We just learned about the Pacman Frog.

Another type of frog is the Common Reed Frog, also known as Hyperolius viridiflavus.

This type of frog has very bright colors, and lives in the western part of the African continent.

One interesting thing about this frog is that it can change between a boy and a girl frog, depending on if there are not enough other boy or girl frogs around.


(from: wikipedia - common reed frog)


(from: wikipedia - common reed frog)


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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Pacman Frog


We just learned about the Central Coast Stubfoot Toad.

Another type of frog is the Pacman Frog, also called the South American horned frog or ceratophrys.

They are called pacman frogs because they have a big round shape and a big wide mouth, just like the video game pacman.



(from: wikipedia - ceratophrys)



(from: wikipedia - ceratophrys)


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Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Central Coast stubfoot toad


We just learned about the Eastern Narrow Mouthed Toad.

Another frog is the Central Coast stubfoot toad.

This is a true toad in the family Bufonidae.
Their vocal sac that fills up with air is not like other frogs, it is very quiet so they can only make calls to other frogs in small distances.
Because of this they have to live very close to other frogs.


(from: wikipedia - atelopus franciscus)


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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Eastern Narrow-mouthed Toad


We just learned about the Yellow Bellied Toad.

Another frog is the Eastern Narrow-mouthed Toad.

Just like a lot of toads, this is not a "True Toad".
They get their name because they have a small mouth, and kind of a short fat body shape.

These frogs also do not have any eardrums!


(from: wikipedia - gastrophryne carolinensis)


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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Yellow Bellied Toad


We just learned about the African Clawed Frog.

Another frog is the Yellow Bellied Toad.

This type of frog has a yellow body with black swirls all over it's body, and heart shaped pupils.


(from: wikipedia - yellow bellied toad)



(from: wikipedia - yellow bellied toad)


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Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Tomato Frog


We just learned about the Waxy Monkey Tree Frog.

Another type of frog is the Tomato Frog.

These frogs get their name because they look like a big red tomato.
They live mostly in Madagascar, and their bright color is to warn off predators because they are poisonous.


(from: wikipedia - dyscophus antongilii)


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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Waxy Monkey Tree Frog


We just learned about the Pouched Frog.

Another type of frog is the Waxy Monkey Tree Frog.

This frog gets the monkey part of it's name because it only ever walks through the trees, never hopping, so sometimes they look like monkeys.

These frogs never come down from living in the trees.
They lay eggs on leaves, and then fold the leaf over like a sandwich.
When the eggs hatch, they fall out of the leaf and drop into the water to live as tadpoles, until they become frogs and climb up into the trees.

These frogs have chemicals on their skin that have been used to create medicines as painkillers.


(from: wikipedia - phyllomedusa sauvagii)


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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Pouched Frog


We just learned about the Gray Tree Frog.

Another type of frog is the Pouched Frog.

This is a small red-brown frog with stripes that lives in Australia.

When the frog's eggs hatch, they stay in a small pocket on the hip of the male frog until they get bigger and turn into tiny frogs.

(from: wikipedia - pouched frog)


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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Gray Tree Frog


We just learned about the American Bullfrog.

Another type of frog is the Gray Tree Frog.

Many of the poison dart frogs we learned about were very colorful to warn off predators.
Other frogs that are not poisonous have to use camouflage to hide so they don't get eaten.

The Gray Tree Frog can also be green, black or white depending on where they live and where they need to hide.
They are tree frogs, and they almost never leave the trees.
These frogs are nocturnal, meaning they are awake at night, and sometimes can be found by windows and porch lights where bugs are flying around because of the lights.


(from: wikipedia - gray tree frog)


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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

American Bullfrog


We just learned about the Poison Dart Frogs.

Another type of frog is the American Bullfrog.
These frog get their name because they make a low deep croak that sounds like a bull's roar.

Just like there are some types of frogs called Bufonidae that are called "True Toads", there are also some types of frogs called Ranidae, that are called "True Frogs", and the bullfrog is a true frog.

Unlike a lot of other animals, the female bullfrog is usually larger than the male frog, and the male bullfrogs have yellow throats.
When a group of male bullfrogs gets together in a group, it is called a "chorus".
The male bullfrogs will all get together and croak to call out for female bullfrogs.

Bullfrogs can grow to be 6 inches long, and can jump 10 times their body, length. That means a 6 inch frog could jump 5 feet!


(from: wikipedia - american bullfrog)


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Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Poison Dart Frogs


We just learned about the Mimic Poison Frog & Splash-back poison frog.

There are many other types of poison dart frogs, and they come in just about every color and every type of decoration.
Some have stripes, some have polka dots, some have strange shapes, and some are just bright red, yellow or blue.
These frogs use their bright colors to warn people and predators not to eat them or touch them, because they might get sick or die.

(from: wikipedia - excidobates)


(from: wikipedia - oophaga)


(from: wikipedia - ranitomeya amazonica)


(from: wikipedia - blue poison dart frog)


(from: wikipedia - yellow-banded poison dart frog)


(from: wikipedia - phantasmal poison frog)

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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Mimic Poison Frog & Splash-back poison frog


We just learned about the Golden Poison Frog.

There are a lot of poison frogs in the wild, but some are not that poisonous, they just look a lot like other poisonous frogs so they don't get eaten.

The Mimic Poison Frog looks just like the Splash-back poison frog, but the Mimic is not as dangerous.
The Mimic still has some poison but not as much, but other animals can't tell the difference so they don't eat the Mimic frog just in case it is a super poisonous Splash-back!


(from: wikipedia - mimic poison frog)



(from: wikipedia - splash-back poison frog)


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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Golden Poison Frog


We just learned about the Common Suriname Toad.

Another type of frog is the Golden Poison Frog, also known as the Phyllobates Terribilis.
This frog is the most poisonous frog in the world, and one frog has enough poison to kill about 20 people.
It makes the poison in its body after eating certain kinds of bugs.
If they don't eat the same bugs that they eat in the wild, their skin stops being poisonous.

There are about 170 different types of poison frogs, just like the Strawberry Poison Dart Frog that we already learned about.
Scientists are trying to learn ways to use the poison that comes from these frogs, to maybe come up with helpful medicines.



This frog also has a morph called the "Mint Green" morph.

(from: wikipedia - golden poison frog)


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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Common Suriname Toad


We just learned about the Red Eyed Tree Frog.

Another type of frog is the Common Suriname Toad, also called the star fingered toad.
Just like some of the other toads we've learned about, this is not a "True Toad", it is a frog with a toad name.

This is a flat grey toad that lives mostly in the water.
One really interesting thing about this toad is that they don't lay eggs in the water like a lot of frogs.
The mother carries the eggs around inside the skin on her back, in little pockets like a honeycomb.
The eggs hatch and the tadpoles stay inside the mother's back until they grow into tiny little toads, and climb out of their mother's back.




(from: wikipedia - common suriname toad)


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Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Red-eyed tree frog


We just learned about the Goliath Frog.

Another frog is the Red-eyed tree frog.

This type of frog is a very colorful frog, with a mostly green body, red eyes, yellow and blue stripes on it's body and orange or red toes.

Just like other tree frogs, this frog has sticky feet they use to climb trees and jump from tree to tree.

They use their red eyes to scare away animals that might eat them.
When the other animal comes close they open their red eyes up wide, and sometimes it scares away the other animal.


(from: wikipedia - agalychnis callidryas)


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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Goliath Frog


We just learned about the smallest frog in the world, the Paedophryne Amauensis.

The largest frog in the world is the Goliath Frog.

This frog can grow to be over a foot long and weigh over seven pounds!


(from: wikipedia - goliath frog)


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