Food availability and disease in created habitats may affect the reproductive output of reintroduced frogs, according to a new study.

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Food availability and disease in created habitats may affect the reproductive output of reintroduced frogs, according to a new study.

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Sexual rivalry may drive frog reproductive behaviors

July 26, 2016

Biologists have long thought that some frogs evolved to mate on land instead of in water to better guard eggs and tadpoles from predation. New research now suggests that mating on land in many species might be a strategy male frogs use to ensure that their own DNA gets passed on, instead of their rivals’. [...]

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Japanese tadpoles relax in hot springs

July 26, 2016

Japanese tadpoles can live and grow in natural hots springs, or onsen, with water temperatures as high as 46.1oC (115oF). Living in onsen may benefit the tadpoles’ immune systems, speed their growth, and allow the tadpoles to survive on small volcanic islands where there are few other natural sources of fresh water. Go to Source

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New venomous snake discovered in Costa Rica

July 22, 2016

An international team of scientists has solved a case of mistaken identity and discovered a new species of venomous snake.The newly discovered Talamancan Palm-Pitviper is a striking green-and-black snake living in some of the most remote regions of Costa Rica. Go to Source

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New research gleans climate change insight from lizard genome

July 21, 2016

Using genomic data from three lizard species, researchers gleaned insights not available before on the impact of climate change on the distribution of animal populations in South American forests. The findings improve ways of modeling the distribution of biodiversity in the past and future. Go to Source

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Real reason turtles have shells: Burrowing tool

July 18, 2016

Scientists have discovered the real reason turtles have shells. While many thought turtle shells were for protection, new findings show that the shells were actually for digging underground to escape the harsh South African environment where these early proto turtles lived. Go to Source

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Gecko clearance sale: Pet trade is jeopardizing survival of rare reptile species

July 12, 2016

Reptiles are exceedingly popular as pets, trade is booming. Between 2004 and 2014, official imports to the EU came to just under 21 million live specimens, more than six million of these ended up on the German market. Go to Source

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Gecko clearance sale: Pet trade is jeopardizing survival of rare reptile species

July 12, 2016

Reptiles are exceedingly popular as pets, trade is booming. Between 2004 and 2014, official imports to the EU came to just under 21 million live specimens, more than six million of these ended up on the German market. Go to Source

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Frogs that can take the heat expected to fare better in a changing world

July 7, 2016

Amphibians that tolerate higher temperatures are likely to fare better in a world affected by climate change, disease and habitat loss, according to two recent studies. Go to Source

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