Winter Is Coming: Where do the frogs go?

Winter is coming, what happens to the animals that have no fur and can’t produce their own body heat?  Frogs and other amphibians fit in this category.  Frogs are ectothermic, which means that they can’t produce their own body heat.  Some people refer to them as cold-blooded, but this is inaccurate.  Since frogs can’t produceContinue reading “Winter Is Coming: Where do the frogs go?”

Nudis: The Naked Truth

Dawn slowly emerges over the coastal horizon, spilling rays of light over the rocks and tidepools dotting the ocean shoreline.  The world slowly wakes up with the occasional calls of sandpipers and gulls growing more frequent.  The rolling crash of the low tide waves against the rocky shore creates a rain of mist forming rainbowsContinue reading “Nudis: The Naked Truth”

The Asexual Life of Brittle Stars

You may have heard the term “asexual” before.  There are two very different directions you can go with the term “asexual”, either asexual reproduction or asexual orientation.  One of these terms people can be, the other… not so much.  The one we are going to talk about here is asexual reproduction, the one humans cannotContinue reading “The Asexual Life of Brittle Stars”

Happy Father’s Day: Wildlife Facts

Happy Father’s Day to all of the father-like figures out there.  I was definitely more of a Daddy’s Girl growing up.  My Dad taught me how to fish, play sports, and would read books to me (Choose your own Adventure, Hardy Boys… etc).  We took the UTV out on our farm land, which we convertedContinue reading “Happy Father’s Day: Wildlife Facts”

Animal and Plant Facts

I have been pretty busy this week as I packed and moved from Flagstaff, Arizona to Tucson, AZ for work.  Yes, I really have  a real full-time job; these articles are just for fun and to provide fun educational information for everyone.  Anyway, because of being busy with moving I didn’t have the time toContinue reading “Animal and Plant Facts”

The Real Octopus Mother

Happy Mother’s day to all you motherly identifying caregivers out there!  I’m dedicating this post on one of my favorite marine animals to my own mother who is a huge support in my blog writing.  She takes the time to read all my articles before posting them to not only spell check, but also makeContinue reading “The Real Octopus Mother”

Frogs, They Are A-Changin: a story of metamorphosis

Amphibians (frogs, salamanders, and caecilians) go through a process of development called metamorphosis.  They are the only vertebrates (they have a backbone) to complete true metamorphosis although some fish, such as zebrafish (Danio rerio) go through a partial metamorphosis too.  That said, many species of marine invertebrates (no backbone… or bones at all) go throughContinue reading “Frogs, They Are A-Changin: a story of metamorphosis”

To Amphibian and Beyond! What Actually are Frogs and Who are Their Amphibian Friends?

I’ve written about amphibians before but what actually is an amphibian? What makes a salamander an amphibian and a lizard not an amphibian? Lizards are reptiles, by the way. The Naming System Humans have created a naming and categorizing system for all living things. It is called scientific nomenclature.  It starts with a very broadContinue reading “To Amphibian and Beyond! What Actually are Frogs and Who are Their Amphibian Friends?”

Only You Can Help the Scientists through Citizen Science!

Do you like hiking or walking outdoors?  Do you enjoy watching birds at the birdfeeder?  Do you enjoy the beauty of all the wildflowers?  Are you fascinated with space?  Do you like knowing the water in your nearby stream is clean?  Do you want to make a difference for our planet?  Then become a CitizenContinue reading “Only You Can Help the Scientists through Citizen Science!”

Chow Down like an Amphibian

The way larval water-dwelling amphibians eat is quite different from that of their land-dwelling well aged counterparts. Larval Salamander Feeding Larval aquatic amphibians suck in their prey much like a vacuum, this is called negative pressure (1).  Think about when you were a kid (or possibly even now) and you lined up M&Ms on theContinue reading “Chow Down like an Amphibian”