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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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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Devastating Frog Fungus Triggers Cell Suicides
October 17th, 2013
The chytrid fungus Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis causes immune cells to commit suicide, preventing frogs and other amphibians from fighting infection. The fungus is partially responsible for amphibian declines worldwide.
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Leaf-Patterned Toad Without Ears Discovered in Peru
January 21st, 2014
Scientists have discovered a new species of toad that had been hiding on Peru's forest floors with a body camouflaged to look like dead leaves. A lack of eardrums separates it from its close relatives.
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Secrets to the Biggest Frog Jumps Ever Revealed
A leaping bullfrog
October 16th, 2013
Bullfrogs at the Calaveras County Fair and Jumping Frog Jubilee regularly jump farther than bullfrogs tested in laboratories. Now, researchers visiting the fair find that they have a lot to learn from professional frog jockeys.
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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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Elusive ‘Warm Valley’ Toad Discovered in Peruvian Andes
Female Rhinella Yunga
January 17th, 2014
A new type of toad species was discovered hiding in the Peruvian Andes. See its unique “dead-leaf pattern.”
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Weird! Tiny Frog Uses Its Mouth to Hear
Photo of a male gardiner's frog (<em>S. gardineri</em>) taken in its natural habitat of the Seychelles Islands.
September 2nd, 2013
A small frog native to the Republic of Seychelles lacks a conventional middle ear and eardrum to hear sounds made by other frogs, but new research suggests these peculiar croakers are not deaf, and can instead use their mouth cavities to pick up on noise.
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