Why The Rare Substance These Frogs Produce Is Named After The Smurfs

Ranasmurfin often decorates trees in Malaysia. This pigment is rare, one of the few proteins in nature to be blue instead of orange, red, or yellow. Why do you see it in trees? And how is it made? » 2/11/15 9:30am 2/11/15 9:30am

This Scientific Paper Proves That Nature Never Stops Weirding Us Out

Every now and again, when reading about nature, you come across a fact that you would never, ever believe if you were to read it in fiction. A science fiction novel that featured a creature which used its eyes to eat – literally to push food down its throat – would be ridiculous. But that's what frogs do every day. » 1/30/15 1:33pm 1/30/15 1:33pm

This Freaky New Frog Gives Birth To Live Tadpoles, Not Eggs

Scientists have never seen anything quite like this before. It's a newly discovered species of fanged frog that gives direct birth to live tadpoles instead of laying eggs. It isn't that rare for scientists to find new species of animals, but finding an entirely new mode of reproduction is a different story altogether. » 1/02/15 9:00am 1/02/15 9:00am

The World's Ugliest Frog Has An Adorably Clumsy Mating Ritual

If you've never seen a Purple Frog before, that's in part because the amphibian does everything underground—except breed. For the first time, the mating of the Purple Frog has been captured on film, and, well, it's a bit tricky for the frogs. » 11/19/14 11:30am 11/19/14 11:30am

A New Frog Species Has Been Discovered ... In New York City

Introducing Rana kauffeldi, the first amphibian to be discovered in New York since the Fowler's toad in 1882. Crazily enough, the elusive 'cryptic' leopard frog has gone unnoticed elsewhere; the darned thing is widespread along the Atlantic Coast of the United States. » 10/30/14 2:20pm 10/30/14 2:20pm

Video of Worms Is Must-See TV for Frogs

Is this basically the frog equivalent of the Food Network or Animal Planet? Or is it just the novelty of the glowing, flickering images that attracts the frogs. » 9/21/14 11:00pm 9/21/14 11:00pm

Which Animal Hibernates The Longest?

Many northern animals hibernate to escape the harsh winter conditions. But a new study shows that one animal in particular does it longer than the others — staying completely frozen for more than half a year at a time. » 5/05/14 1:40pm 5/05/14 1:40pm

For These Tiny Frogs, a Pencil is a Log

A few very special frogs just hatched at the Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle. They're fairly unique among frogs, because they break out of their eggs as fully-formed tiny frogs, not as tadpoles. » 5/04/14 7:40pm 5/04/14 7:40pm

Why 18th Century Biologists Made Copulating Frogs Wear Tiny Pants

The image of a copulating frog dressed in tight-fitting pants sounds quite silly, but it was done in the name of serious research. In fact, more than one biologist dressed up their frogs to solve the mysteries of fertilization. » 3/26/14 1:30pm 3/26/14 1:30pm

This frog sexbot can teach you about evolution

Sometimes you just have to build a sexbot for science. And when you're studying the mating habits of frogs, well, that means you're going to need some pretty specific moving parts. The best part? Something fascinating is revealed about evolution when you watch video of this frog sexbot in action. » 7/15/13 4:36pm 7/15/13 4:36pm

How a pregnancy test for humans caused a wave of global extinctions

The deadly fungus Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis has been wiping out amphibian species across the globe for decades. But how did this global environmental disaster get started? A new study suggests that it came from doctors importing frogs for use in pregnancy tests. » 5/16/13 12:23pm 5/16/13 12:23pm

Scientists find 8 impossibly adorable new frogs in a single forest

Naturalists working in the mountainous forests of Sri Lanka's Peak Wilderness Sanctuary have uncovered no less than eight new species of frogs, nearly all of them critically endangered. » 3/22/13 9:20am 3/22/13 9:20am

For the first time, scientists have grown the embryos of an extinct…

Just a few days ago, we were asking if de-extinction was possible, and today, we're a huge step closer to bringing recently extinct species back to life. Researchers have announced that they've grown early-stage embryos of the gastric-brooding frog, a species that has been extinct since 1983. » 3/16/13 7:30am 3/16/13 7:30am

This South African frog sounds just like a squeaky toy

The Namaqua Rain Frog (Breviceps namaquensis) is able to puff up its body to intimidate predators, but its call is less intimidating than adorable. In its inflated, agitated state, a passing dog might mistake it for a squeaky toy. » 2/16/13 9:00am 2/16/13 9:00am

This is easily the cutest tree frog we've ever seen

Check out this gorgeous photograph of a Red Eye Tree Frog taken by Trevor Owen. The photo earned him a top 50 spot in consideration of Sony's upcoming World Photography Awards for 2013 — a contest that will see the overall winner announced on March 19. Owen's photo beat over 54,000 images to make it into the final… » 2/06/13 4:00pm 2/06/13 4:00pm

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

In 1913, newspapers predicted we'd be eating giant radioactive frog…

In the early 1900s, you were doing something terribly wrong if you weren't trying to cram as much radium as possible into your daily routine and body cavities. Life wasn't worth living unless it was jam-packed with irradiated golf balls and libido-enhancing suppositories. » 5/29/12 1:05pm 5/29/12 1:05pm

And now, a frog sitting like a human being

Said the cameraman of this curiously placid bullfrog, "The video was shot entirely fortuitously. The frog is OK. There is no nails, no glue, animal abuse, etc. Later, she jumped off the bench and galloped away to the water." Cue "The Michigan Rag," and so forth. Hat tip to Hatman for suggesting this moment of… » 4/25/12 8:45am 4/25/12 8:45am

Newly discovered species of frog has been hiding in NYC for years

One of the most exciting things about genetic research is how much it has taught us about the diversity of life on Earth. Case in point: the as-yet-unnamed frog species pictured here. It looks so much like New York City's other leopard frogs that scientists overlooked it for years, but by examining its DNA,… » 3/15/12 9:40am 3/15/12 9:40am

Watch a bunch of dead frogs dance an underwater zombie cyborg ballet

Holy hell, this is like if Doctor Frankenstein joined forces with Busby Berkeley. Artist Lu Yang has built a contraption that allows dead frogs to dance in a grim chorus line, courtesy of a MIDI controller and some well-timed electrical shocks. » 3/06/12 1:30pm 3/06/12 1:30pm