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Amphibians are a fascinating group of animals; they add brilliant colors and countless sounds to our world. Scientists have discovered over 6,000 different species of frogs, toads, salamanders and other amphibians.
But these amazing animals are disappearing. Over one third of amphibian species could go extinct in our lifetime. Learn ways to help protect them so they can be enjoyed by all, for generations to come.
Let’s Help Our Frogs. Hop To It, Before They Croak!
- Habitat loss is the number one reason that frogs are in trouble.
Agricultural development, water diversion, road development, and other environmental changes can completely alter if not destroy a frog's natural habitat.
With water diversion and agricultural development, many natural ponds are destroyed. This forces many frogs to find new homes and breeding grounds.
Changes in their habitat can affect their breeding success. Many frogs are killed trying to cross roads to reach their breeding ground or to find a mate.
Many frogs are collected for the pet trade, which strains populations in the wild. An example of this is the Harlequin Golden Frog of Panama. These brightly colored golden frogs have been collected in such large numbers that it is possible no more remain in the wild.
Chytrid fungus, or Chyridiomycosis, is an infectious fungus decimating not only frogs, but all amphibians. Collecting and transporting amphibians throughout the world have helped spread this fungus.
Amphibian Ark - http://www.amphibianark.org/
AmphibiaWeb - http://www.amphibiaweb.org/