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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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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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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See-Through Frog Embryos Know When Dad's Not Watching
a male glass frog broods eggs
April 29th, 2014
With their hearts, guts and other internal organs visible through translucent skin, glass frogs look vulnerable. Now, scientists have found their embryos don't like staying defenseless, so they hatch more quickly when their fathers desert them.
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Primeval 'Devil Frog' May Have Sported Anti-Dinosaur Armor
beelzebufo ampinga illustration
January 29th, 2014
A gigantic, Cretaceous-era frog sported spiky protrusions on the back of its skull and plated armor down its back, likely to protect it from all the dinosaurs and crocodiles that roamed Earth at the time.
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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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