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Frogs are pretty remarkable. For starters, their ancestors are as old as dinosaurs, living nearly 370 million years ago and looking very much like four-legged fish. The reason for their survival has to do with their extraordinary adaptability. With a webbed foot in the water and another on land, frogs straddle two worlds and get the best of both: food and refuge from predators. They can live in desert, arctic and tropical landscapes and on every continent minus Antarctica. And some, like the Australian water-holding frog, can go without water for up to 7 years, burrowing underground and encasing himself within a skin shed!
April is National Frog Month and a perfect time to catch the springtime mating sounds frogs emanate and check out the state of the neighborhood’s leaping residents. Frogs can serve as an important environmental indicator. In some habitats, nearly 60% of them are deformed from pesticide use, harmful UV-B rays from a weakened ozone layer or cyst-causing flatworm parasites.
We’ll be presenting frog-related entries all week in recognition of the month-long celebration. Here are a few ideas to get the party started:
Keep posted tomorrow for frog folklore!