These Bizarre #Amphibians Changed The Chemical Landscape To Survive A Plague Of #Snakes https://grrlscientist.medium.com/these-bizarre-amphibians-changed-the-chemical-landscape-to-survive-a-plague-of-snakes-50f5ca16bd3b by @GrrlScientist
just listened to @KateShaw 's most recent episode: https://strangeanimalspodcast.blubrry.net/2023/09/25/episode-347-two-spooky-amphibians/
it features a frog with a spooky, halloween appropriate diet ...
American Toad (Anaxyrus americanus)
Spring Peeper (Pseudacris crucifer)
It’s said witches could summon demons using a type of brandy made from newt body parts. Hence at the start of Macbeth, the three witches include “eye of newt” in their brew.
10 things you might not know about newts:
If you need more than occasional photographs of ducks you're welcome to use any you find at
Just reference where you found it. Unfortunately, the site has been rather neglected of late as our place is currently on the market.
You'll find all kind of wildlife recorded.
A Copper-cheeked Frog (Chalcorana labialis) spotted at Lower Pierce Reservoir Park, Singapore, on 13 August 2023. Pointed it out to some people passing by who also admired it.
On iNaturalist [ https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/178132307 ]
New study shows pure #glyphosate (without additives) can cause massive damage to #amphibians even at concentrations that are often exceeded in the environment. The study found while untreated clawed frog tadpoles developed normally, treatment with glyphosate led to massive developmental defects: shortened bodies, reduced eyes, malformed and shortened cranial nerves, reduced hearts. Also reduced heart rates. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0147651323005845
PhD candidate Rupert Mathwin from @GlobEcoFlinders featured in Cosmos Magazine
Frogs the world over are in hot water and they need your help
My latest essay, "The Synergy of Action," is about the connection between the smallest individual deeds and greater acts of courage. It's the story of a small scale restoration project I've been working on for the past six years. You can find it on my Substack (link on my website).
Wormlike #animals are first #amphibians shown to pass #microbes to their offspring https://phys.org/news/2023-07-wormlike-animals-amphibians-shown-microbes.html
#ParentalCare contributes to vertical transmission of microbes in a skin-feeding and direct-developing #caecilian https://animalmicrobiome.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s42523-023-00243-x
"#Caecilians are an elusive type of #amphibian that primarily live #underground and look like a cross between a worm and a snake. One of the few things that is known about caecilians is their unique method for feeding their young."
What’s the Difference Between Reptiles and Amphibians? https://animalofthings.com/difference-between-reptiles-and-amphibians/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=mastodon #Amphibians #Reptiles
FYI: 11 Plants That Repel Frogs https://animalofthings.com/plants-that-repel-frogs/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=mastodon #Amphibians #Frogs #Plant
ICYMI: 11 Plants That Repel Frogs https://animalofthings.com/plants-that-repel-frogs/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=mastodon #Amphibians #Frogs #Plant
11 Plants That Repel Frogs https://animalofthings.com/plants-that-repel-frogs/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=mastodon #Amphibians #Frogs #Plant
giant salamanders are declining throughout their entire eastern US range — but why?
In Search Of America’s Missing Hellbenders | out of @virginia_tech published by @ASNAmNat
by @GrrlScientist via @ForbesScience / @Forbes
I FOUND 4 #SALAMANDERS LAST NIGHT AND UGLY CRIED A LITTLE BIT
Not gonna lie, ive been going through some stuff and really needed to find these little dudes. Put all the clips into a short video with some further explanation as to this neato group
Captions still generating!
Had the opportunity to do #herpetology surveys with the Belize Karst Habitat Conservation. While it was a short survey period during an exceptionally dry wet season, we still managed to get plenty of #reptiles and #amphibians
One of my favorite finds were these Helmeted Basilisks, Corytophanes hernandezii. A male and a female perched on the same plant.
Also called the old man's lizard local legend says that if one spins around a tree 3 times you will get lost in the woods forever!
The Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year shortlist is out. This is one of my favourite nature photography competitions, & this year has cute mudskippers, snippy crabs, otherworldly cephalopods, & a fluffy rainbow of bee-eaters.
A lovely little frog, identified as the Malesian Frog (Limnonectes malesianus) spotted near a stream at Upper Seletar Reservoir Park, Singapore, on 7 May 2023. It was about 10-15 mm in length. Listed as Near Threatened in the IUCN Red List, it is considered locally common but with a restricted range.
On iNaturalist [ https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/160271310 ]
I am blown away by how nice and helpful everyone is on here! Thank you for the very warm welcome.
I'm still figuring everything out, but here's a cluster of red eye tree #frog eggs hanging off a leaf in Belize.
If under threat from a predator, fungus, or drying out, the developing tadpoles will drop into the water below to continue their development.
I now know #hashtags are important!
PSA: Always move the mower before starting it!
Great Crested Newts and Palmate Newts this week in #Bath #Somerset #UK. Lots of both species in my local pond. Great Crested Newts are a protected species in the UK and Europe - I have a licence to survey for them.
#Nature #Wildlife #NaturePhotography #WildlifePhotography #Amphibians #Amphibian #Newt #Newts #GCN #Pond #PondLife #Animals #Spring #NatureCommunity
Went to the pond, and visibility was excellent for Common Newt spotting 🦎 💚
Here's a courtship display, whereby the male (who is more spotted and has a crest) pursues a female. He moves in front of her and vibrates his tail to waft pheromones her way.
I am becoming a bit frustrated with the lack of #resources about #drawing #animals that are not mammals or birds. Can anyone here recommend anything that goes further than just the normal Dynamic Sketching classes? Books, websites, videos, anything?
(or: good intros to scientific illustration that cover critters?)
on days 61 & 63 of #drawing #animals I finished some of the watercolors I had started on day 39 (https://mastodon.art/@playinprogress/110017016364567217 ).
This #wasp and #frog were _very_ satisfying to finish, and I learned a lot from them. In fact I learned so much that I immediately had the urge to start over with new versions or very similar images at least, but did not yet get around to that. So many things!
I know this may not be your average choice for a painting, but, I could not resist this handsome fella ... perhaps waiting for his princess? My husband photographed him one summer day on a bird fountain in our yard.
#watercolor #homedecor #buyintoart #bullfrog #frog #animalpainting #watercolorpainting #art #artist #AYearForArt #SpringIntoArt #mastodonart #mastoart #mastodon #fountain #nature #wildlife #amphibians #photography #painting #green
Smaga, C. R., S. L. Bock, J. M. Johnson and B. B. Parrott (2022). "Sex Determination and Ovarian Development in Reptiles and Amphibians: From Genetic Pathways to Environmental Influences." Sexual Development. https://www.karger.com/DOI/10.1159/000526009
I posted an #introduction a few days ago, but here's one for my study system, aka the coolest salamanders in Michigan, and maybe the world: the unisexual Ambystoma!
These salamanders are all female, polyploid (>2 sets of chromosomes) and "steal" DNA from males of other species. They've been around for 5 million years and are the oldest known unisexual vertebrate.