No wonder it took a long time before it was discovered, Reinvardt’s tree frog is tiny.
The world’s smallest vertebrate?
It’s only 7mm long, this newly-found frog from Papua New Guinea.
It is almost certainly the smallest amphibian known to man, but it is also possibly smaller than any fish, making it the world’s smallest known vertebrate.
- Tiny frog is world’s smallest vertebrate (newscientist.com)
The rainbow toad hasn’t been seen by human eyes for about 90 years, but it was recently rediscovered in a jungle in Borneo. There has never been a colour photo until now.
Ecuador is a country of great biodiversity (even if you don’t include the Galapagos Islands).
The Rio Pescado stubfoot toad can be found here, a very colorful and rare creature.
Frogs are amphibians and are able to live both underwater and on land. In order to do this they have very special skin; the skin of the frog produces a kind of oil for protection, as an ointment, in fact for many reasons.
This oil contains some very interesting and rare chemicals, some of which have been used for medical purposes.
This micro frog was recently found in Indonesia, on the island of Borneo. Even though it is small it makes a loud croak (that’s how it was found).
Frogs are very important animals.
New species of frog
There are about 5,000 species of frogs which we know about. But there are many that we still haven’t discovered.
This is a photo of a new species of frog, recently seen in Papua New Guinea; in fact it is so new that it doesn’t yet have a name.
This new species of frog was recently discovered on the island of Borneo.
But I thought frogs, like other amphibians can breathe both in water and in air. However this frog has no lungs, so how does it breathe in air?
If anyone out there knows, please tell.
There are probably less than a hundred Luristan newt remaining. They live in a small area of Iran, and are a critically endangered species.
There are green frogs, orange frogs, red and yellow frogs, purple frogs, and even translucent frogs and now you can see a blue frog.
Many species of frog are in danger, it is thought that about half of all frog species will soon be extinct. There are two reasons: loss of habitat, and a disease that is spreading to frogs all round the world.
The frog’s skin contains a protective oil, and in this oil can be found some incredible chemicals. Now one of these chemicals is used to treat cancer.
Beautiful, dangerous frog
Frogs are some of the most colourful animals, and this dendrobates frog is certainly full of colour.
But it also contains a dangerous poison. Why are beauty and danger so often close friends?
Translucent glass frog
A new discovery in the forests of Central America is this see-thru (or see-into) animal which has been nicknamed the glass frog.
If our bodies were like this it would save a fortune on medical bills.
A purple frog
A purple frog?
Yes, this unusual frog, which is about 7cm long, was first discovered in 2003 in Southern India, and it makes a sound rather like a chicken.