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?”
Category Archives: Amphibians
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”
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”
Adventures with Adams
The eerie mist slowly rolls across the dirt path playing in my headlights providing the only light along the forested roads. I hear the Spring Peepers still playing in my head, louder than when I was standing outside listening for them. When we stop to listen at our next site we jump out of theContinue reading “Adventures with Adams”