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Sunday Species Snapshot: Panamanian Golden Frog

Sunday Species Snapshot: Panamanian Golden Frog

These tiny, brightly colored amphibians pack a potent neurotoxin on their skin. That toxin protected them from predators, but it won’t save them from extinction.

March 16, 2014 — John R. Platt
Critically Endangered Frog Claws Its Way toward Recovery

Critically Endangered Frog Claws Its Way toward Recovery

The evolutionarily unique frogs of Cameroon's Lake Oku have no tongues, claw-tipped toes and 12 full sets of chromosomes. What the Lake Oku clawed frogs (Xenopus longipes) don't have, however, is a lot of habitat in which to live.

April 16, 2015 — John R. Platt
In Limbo Since 1991, Oregon Spotted Frog Finally Gets Protected Status

In Limbo Since 1991, Oregon Spotted Frog Finally Gets Protected Status

It only took 23 years but the Oregon spotted frog (Rana pretiosa) has finally gained protection under the U.S. Endangered Species Act. The small, aquatic frogs—which only reach about 100 millimeters in length—have been considered candidates for protected status since 1991.

September 9, 2014 — John R. Platt
Hellbender Head Start: Raising Giant Salamanders in the Bronx

Hellbender Head Start: Raising Giant Salamanders in the Bronx

Four years ago 41 hellbender salamander larvae from western New York State arrived at their temporary home in New York City. Originally collected as eggs near the Allegheny River, the hellbenders—also known as snot otters or devil dogs—were hatched at the Buffalo Zoo and then transferred to the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Bronx Zoo, where they [...]

August 28, 2013 — John R. Platt