The HSI has emerged for our winter brumation and hit ground running in 2017. In early February our science officers attended the annual herpetofauna workers meeting in Nottingham where they got to exchange ideas and experiences with conservation organisations, ecological consultants, statutory bodies, land managers, academic institutions, students, and enthusiastic volunteers. Plenty of fresh new … More Amphibian Activity in 2017 With The HSI
Name: African clawed frog (Xenopus laevis) Range: Sub-Saharan Africa (Angola, Botswana, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Gabon, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, South Africa, South Sudan, Swaziland, The Democratic Republic of the Congo, Zambia, Zimbabwe. Diet: Opportunistic predators, consuming both live and dead matter. Conservation Status: IUCN – Least Concern The African clawed frog is an aquatic species that is … More Species Profile: African Clawed Frog
The amphibian chytrid fungus (Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis) has been found in some populations of Malagasy amphibians. The fungus is responsible for the disease Chytridiomycosis, which has devastated amphibian populations worldwide. Madagascar was thought to be a safe haven from the disease, which makes the news especially disheartening for conservationists. The outbreak was documented in a recent report published in … More Amphibian-Killing Fungus Found In Madagascar
The global crash in amphibian populations has created a strong focus on protecting these species from extinction. Efforts to protect these species are often borne from a desire to protect these charismatic animals from harm and to ensure they remain an integral part of a nation’s natural heritage for future generations. However, it is also important … More HSI Project: Documenting Predation During Amphibian Reproductive Events.
Rufous Foam-Nest Tree Frog. Credit: brian.gratwicke It ain’t easy being green. Sadly, frogs and other amphibians are facing unprecedented population declines, and local extinctions, on a global scale. These precipitous declines have been attributed to a myriad of factors, including habitat destruction, pollution, pesticides, invasive species and the spread of infectious diseases. While habitat destruction … More Progress In The Fight Against Frog-Killing Chytrid Fungus
Warning! This post contains images which some readers may find distressing. Alert: Mass Mortality of Frogs Recorded in Kildare Pond On the 24th of February 2014, The Herpetological Society of Ireland (H.S.I) received a report of a mass die-off of common frogs at a location in Co. Kildare. Within 24 hours the H.S.I were … More Alert: Mass Mortality of Frogs Recorded in Kildare Pond
Name: Red Eyed Tree Frog (Agalychnis callidryas). Range: Widespread through Central America, South Eastern Mexico and the North West of Colombia. Diet: Insectivorious Conservation Status: IUCN – Least Concern This colourful species is perhaps one of the world’s better known frogs. Its bright colours and and cartoon-like features have made it a poster-child for many … More Species Profile: Red Eyed Tree Frog
Scientific Name: Bombina orientalis The fire bellied toad is an amphibian native to Korea, China and Eastern Russia. They are an attractive species, typically lime green with mottled black markings, though they have the ability to change colouration. The name Fire Belly refers to the orange-red colouration on their underside. They make excellent pets and … More Fire Bellied Toad Care