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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US Salamander Hotspot Could Fall to New Disease
a fire salamander infected with a fungus
October 30th, 2014
A deadly new fungal disease that originated in Asia is killing salamanders and newts in Europe and could soon land on U.S. shores, home to the most diverse population of salamanders worldwide.
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Predicting How Biodiversity Affects Disease
collecting samples from skin
July 16th, 2014
With the increase of cross-species disease it is important to understand how disease, species-interactions and biodiversity interact.
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Remarkable Limb Regeneration Began 300 Million Years Ago
A fossil of the primitive amphibian <em>Micromelerpeton credneri</em> from Lake Odernheim in southwest Germany
September 26th, 2014
Fossilized, primitive amphibians with odd-looking appendages, some with extra toes and deformed shapes, suggest the ability of some vertebrates to regenerate or regrow amputated limbs first evolved at least 300 million years ago.
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Frog Licks Bigger Prey Thanks to Super-Sticky Tongue
Horned frog
June 12th, 2014
Horned frogs are capable of consuming prey that are very large relative to the amphibians' own bodies, and they may be able to pull off this impressive feat thanks to the strength of their tongues, new research suggests.
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Peru Park Sets Record for Reptile, Amphibian Biodiversity
February 25th, 2014
For reptiles and amphibians, southern Peru's Manu National Park is the most diverse protected area on the planet.
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Frog Population Decline Linked to Killer Pathogen
Wood frogs are highly susceptible to ranavirus

July 28th, 2014
Ranavirus may be partly to blame for dwindling frog populations.
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Tiny Frogs Use Concrete Storm Drains as Megaphones
mientien tree frog in drainage ditch
June 4th, 2014
Loud little frogs in Taiwan get a boost from manmade structures by issuing their mating calls from open concrete drains, new research finds. The drains are unlike anything in the frogs' natural environment, but they use them anyway.
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Jungle Gym: Wild Animals Run on Wheels for Fun
frog running on an exercise wheel
May 20th, 2014
Combating concerns that lab mice only run on wheels because they're stir crazy, a new study finds that wild mice (and frogs, voles, shrews and slugs) will voluntarily run on wheels in the wild.
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