Frogs are not okay with being slowly boiled alive, metaphors be damned

Many people have heard the old metaphor about the frog; if you put one in boiling water it will hop out, but if you gradually increase the temperature of the water it will let itself be boiled. It's meant to warn us about slowly developing dangers in addition to obvious ones. » 1/03/14 7:20am 1/03/14 7:20am

This frog got WAY too close to last week's NASA rocket launch

Last week, NASA set its LADEE spacecraft blazing on a course to the Moon. While the launch was visible from much of the East Coast, those spectators nearest the VA launchpad were afforded the most breathtaking views. One amphibious Virginian, in particular, was especially moved by the spectacle. » 9/12/13 7:10am 9/12/13 7:10am

In this species of frog, males rear the young... in their mouths

Happy Monday, people. We hope you're ready for some weird, because we're about to bring it in the form of a wriggling frog-sac full of tinier frogs. » 11/19/12 6:20am 11/19/12 6:20am

Look at the world's tiniest vertebrate

The "world's smallest vertebrate" title has always been held by the powerful fish lobby — until now. But this little frog changed everything. Paedophryne amauensis shows us just how little spine an animal can have. » 1/12/12 3:20pm 1/12/12 3:20pm

Frogs' incredible jumping ability comes from their tendons, not their…

Frogs really should have fantastically strong leg muscles to jump as far as they do. And yet their leg muscles are only a fraction as powerful as they would need to be...so where does this leaping power really come from? » 11/17/11 5:30pm 11/17/11 5:30pm

This beetle larva tricks its predator into becoming prey

The predator-prey relationship between frogs and beetles seems like it would be pretty obvious doesn't it? Frog spots beetle, frog stealthily approaches beetle, frog eats beetle. Done, done and done. » 9/21/11 3:40pm 9/21/11 3:40pm

Australian frogs become "moisture farmers" to stay alive in droughts

Frogs in northern Australia have to find a way to survive months of cold, dry climate. Their solution? Hang around outside just long enough to trap condensation, which they use to hydrate themselves. By any standard, this is pretty ingenious. » 9/04/11 11:20am 9/04/11 11:20am

Females can control the evolution of male handsomeness

In many species, males woo females into mating with them. This means they need to find a way to be attractive, which includes everything from elaborate plumage to melodious mating calls. But there's such a thing as too handsome. » 8/07/11 3:30pm 8/07/11 3:30pm

Female frogs literally can't hear half the things that male frogs say

China's concave-eared frogs are one of two amphibians that use ultrasonic frequencies to communicate. There's only one small problem: the males and the females have evolved along such vastly separate lines that females are completely deaf to the males' ultrasonic cries. » 6/20/11 12:47pm 6/20/11 12:47pm

Tiny frogs are raised in their fathers' mouths

Darwin's frog, found in the forest streams of Argentina and Chile, has quite possibly the weirdest birthing method of any creature. Instead of hanging out in ponds, these little tadpoles help give new meaning to fathers with big fat mouths. » 6/07/11 9:30am 6/07/11 9:30am

The secret war between beetles and frogs

In the normal course of things, beetles will generally stick to eating insects, worms, and any dead meat it happens to come across. But if conditions are right, one species will kill and devour frogs many times its own size. » 5/22/11 1:00pm 5/22/11 1:00pm

The weird and wonderful animals that make up Borneo's jungle ecosystem

Borneo is the third largest island in the world and comprises the nations of Malaysia, Brunei, and parts of Indonesia. It's one of the most incredibly diverse places on the planet, home to 15,000 plant species, 3,000 different trees, 221 different land mammal species, and 420 unique birds. And that number is… » 2/13/11 1:10pm 2/13/11 1:10pm

Why did this frog species suddenly evolve extra teeth?

The Gastrotheca guentheri is the strangest frog in the world. 200 million years ago it had a full mouth of teeth. The lower teeth evolved away, then suddenly reappeared millions of years later. It's the best evidence yet of re-evolution. » 1/31/11 11:20am 1/31/11 11:20am

Monsters, The Rock, And Adults Trapped In Teen Bodies Flood Movie…

A monster from Big Man Japan is giving us the old eye-testicle wink, and we're lovin' it. The LA Times has a spread of new movie pics out, and we've picked the best. » 1/12/09 2:00pm 1/12/09 2:00pm

Don't Piss off the Wolverine Frog, Unless you Want to Taste its Claws

If you ever find yourself in central Africa, here's a piece of advice: don't mess with the frogs. As Ed Yong over at "Not Exactly Rocket Science" warns us, several species of them come equipped with a set of bony Wolverine-like claws that punch through their skin when threatened. » 5/29/08 3:30pm 5/29/08 3:30pm