Frogs Are Green :: The 10 Weirdest and Most Unusual Frogs on Earth


So yesterday, I noticed a post about the Glass Frog from facebook’s I F-ing Love Science (they post some fabulously interesting stuff).

How cool is that thing?! In my quest to find more information on them, I found this link:

The 10 Weirdest and Most Unusual Frogs on Earth | Frogs Are Green.

I love weird things.

Food for thought: does the skin of the glass toad (probably already fragile like the absorptive skin of other amphibians) leave them even more susceptible to infection or parasitism?

– Scientific Classification –

  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Chordata
  • Class: Amphibia
  • Order: Anura
  • Suborder: Neobatrachia
  • Family: Centrolenidae
  • Subfamilies: Hyalinobatrachinae, Cetroleninae, Allophryninae



Alphabet Challenge :: Y :: Yosemite toad

Happy Friday the 13th! Hope you’ve all rolled around in rabbits (I feel like they’re luckier with their feet attached) and done all the lovely superstitious things for good luck. We’re on the second to last installment of the Alphabet Challenge!


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ARKive – Yosemite toad videos, photos and facts – Anaxyrus canorus.

– Scientific Classification –

  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Chordata
  • Class: Amphibia
  • Order: Anura
  • Family: Bufonidae
  • Genus: Anaxyrus
  • Species: A. canorus
IUCN Red List : Endangered (EN)
The Yosemite toad is endemic to California in the high sierra. There isn’t a current number for population size, but it has declined by an estimated 50% over ten years.
Leading hypotheses for the declines are disease (chytridiomycosis), airborne contaminants, and livestock grazing.
Yosemite toads breed in freshwater every other year or once every three years. Their breeding sites may dry up before the tadpoles metamorphose. Despite much of the population being in a protected area such as Yosemite National Park and Kings Canyon National Park, populations are still on the decline.

Alphabet Challenge :: S :: Surinam toad

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Surinam toad (zoology) — Britannica Online Encyclopedia.

Probably one of the coolest toads out there…but still kinda gross.

– Scientific Classification –

A female surinam toad (Pipa pipa) in the Natur...

A female surinam toad (Pipa pipa) in the Natural History Museum of Vienna. The object was conservated in a glass filled with a special conservation liquid; because of the difficult light situation I had to edit the image strongly. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Chordata
  • Class: Amphibia
  • Order: Anura
  • Family: Pipidae
  • Genus: Pipa
  • Species: P. pipa

Surinam toad, (Pipa pipa), aquatic South American toad (family Pipidae) in which the eggs are incubated on the back of the female. The Surinam toad is about 10 to 17 cm (4 to 7 inches) long. It has a flat, squarish body, small eyes, and a flat head with loose flaps of skin on the snout and jaws. The digits end in small, star-shaped appendages that aid food finding. It eats a variety of small vertebrates and invertebrates.

The Surinam toad mates in water. As each egg is released, it is fertilized and pressed by the male to the back of the female. In the next several hours, the skin grows around the eggs to enclose them in a cyst with a horny lid. After about 80 days’ development, the young emerge as miniatures of the adult. The Surinam toad is one of seven species of Pipa. In five of the other species, the young emerge as tadpoles.

Warning: this video may make you itchy…

Alphabet Challenge :: O :: Olm

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EDGE :: Amphibian Species Information.

ARKive – Cave salamander videos, photos and facts – Proteus anguinus.

Olm (Proteus anguinus) - closeup of the head.

Olm (Proteus anguinus) – closeup of the head. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

– Scientific Classification –

IUCN Red List: Vulnerable

Creeped out by it? Cool. Cause I want one.

The following is the primary description given by EDGE (Evolutionarily Distinct and Globally Endangered)

The olm is a Europe’s only cave adapted vertebrate, and has numerous adaptations for an underground life. Olms hunt their prey in the absolute dark and have developed a powerful sensory system of smell, taste, hearing and electrosensitivity. Olms are pale and sightless, although their skin-covered eyes are still light sensitive. They are an entirely aquatic species that can survive without food for up to 10 years and live to an age of 58 or more. Part of an ancient lineage of amphibians evolving independently for 190 million years, this species is now threatened by pollution and habitat disturbance. A small subpopulation of “black olms” may be a separate species requiring additional protection.

They can be found in the caves of Bosnia, Herzegovina, Croatia, Slovenia, Italy and possibly Montenegro and Serbia. Olms are a pinkish color due to their capillaries near their skin and their translucency allows you to see the colors of their organs. Aside from being called Cave Salamanders, they have also been dubbed “human fish”, since someone stranger than myself thought they resembled a small human. Adult Olms develop lungs in addition to the gill tufts on the sides of their heads.

Here’s this freaky little creature moving just the slightest bit:

Pitiful Posting and the Alphabet Challenge

One of the great things about WordPress is the little calendar that shows you the days on which you’ve posted. One of the bad things about it is looking at that same calendar and seeing how sad and empty it looks. -_- To get myself back into the swing of posting, I’ve decided to start an Alphabet challenge. Hopefully I can kick-start myself into a blogging groove again with this. Below I’ll list each day, the letter, and as I pick my topic, I’ll come back here and add it. The one day that I probably won’t post on is June 8th. Blasted GRE. If I absolutely cannot find an animal or drug or something that follows the days letter, I’ll get creative.

June 4 – A – Antibodies

June 5 – B – Belgian Malinois

June 6 – C – Coral

June 7 – D – Dopamine

June 8 – GRE

June 11 – E – Elephant Shrew

June 12 – F – Flatworm Penis Fencing

June 13 – G – Grief

June 14 – Personal day

June 15 – H – Heart

June 18 – I – Indecisiveness

June 19 – J – Jerboa

June 20 – K – Kori Bustard

June 22 – L – Lyme disease

June 22 – M – Myopia and a Manatee

June 25 – N – Nervous System

June 26 – O – Olm

June 27 – P – Penguin Pics

June 28 – Q – Quoll

June 29 – R – Roadrunner

July 2 – S – Surinam Toad


July 6 – T – Two-toed Sloth

July 9 – U – Ural Owl

July 10 – V – Vaquita

July 11 – W – Wolverine

July 12 – X – Xoloitzcuintli

July 13 – Y – Yosemite Toad

July 16 – Z – Zany Life

ARKive :: Smooth newt (Lissotriton vulgaris)

ARKive – Smooth newt photo – Triturus vulgaris – A19635.

– Scientific Classification –

This species, the most common Lissotriton species in Europe, is listed as of Least Concern on the IUCN Red List.