Amphibians

Find out everything there is to know about amphibians and stay updated on the latest amphibian news with the comprehensive articles, interactive features and amphibian pictures at LiveScience.com. Learn more about these fascinating creatures as scientists continue to make amazing discoveries about amphibians.
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'Wasteland' Frog Fits on a Thumbnail, Chirps Like a Cricket
March 15th, 2016
A newly described species of frog is so small that it can sit comfortably on the tip of your thumb, and has a distinctive call that sounds like a cricket's chirp.
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Elusive 'Dancing Frog' Tadpoles Finally Glimpsed
April 1st, 2016
For the first time, scientists have unearthed and examined the elusive, underground-dwelling tadpoles of the Indian dancing frog.
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Baby Frogs Dine on Mom's Unfertilized Eggs
A newfound emerald-eyed tree frog called <em>Kurixalus berylliniris</em> from Taiwan.
February 2nd, 2016
Two tiny frogs hiding out in Taiwan are new species to science and it turns out the tadpoles of the newfound tree frogs munch on their mom's gooey, unfertilized eggs. The frogs also have brilliant-colored eyes.
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Ancient Brazilian Lake Offers Trove of Amphibian Fossils
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November 9th, 2015
A mishmash of ancient amphibians and reptiles once swam and hunted prey in an ancient Brazilian tropical lake, a new study finds.
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Mini Frog, Bat with Freakish Tongue Found in Bolivia
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August 24th, 2015
A "robber frog" with beady, gold-rimmed eyes and a bizarre bat with a record-long tongue are among the menagerie of species discovered during an expedition in Bolivia.
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Purple Digging Frog Undergoes Amazing Transformation
Young Indian Purple frogs (Nasikabatrachus sahyadrensis).
March 31st, 2016
Bizarre purple frogs found only in India undergo a dramatic change to adopt an underground lifestyle. For instance, they develop strong digging arms and a wedge-shaped skull for burrowing.
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Frogs 'Talk' Using Complex Signals
January 13th, 2016
A recent study of the Brazilian torrent frog, Hylodes japi, shows that the species employs a more nuanced communication system than any other known frog species.
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290-Million-Year-Old Creature Could Sprout New Limbs
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October 27th, 2015
If an ancient amphibian lost a limb or a tail, it could simply sprout a new one, according to researchers who found fossil evidence of limb regeneration dating back 290 million years.
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