CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Rainy weather and milder temperatures means more sightings of frogs, spotted salamanders, and toads, New Hampshire's Fish and Game Department said.
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Biologists are urging motorists to watch out for frogs and salamanders that are migrating from their wintering areas to vernal pools, ponds and wetlands where they...
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — There’s new hope for an endangered California frog that has vanished from half of its habitat.
The state Fish and Game Commission on Wednesday approved protections...
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Environmentalists are warning that a planned geothermal energy plant in Northern Nevada could threaten the habitat of a rare toad.
SALISBURY, Vt. (AP) — A wet spring has caused one frog population to explode in an area of Vermont where throngs of the amphibians have been hopping through fields and lawns, darting across roads...
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — From a shrill chirp to a banjo-like strum, frog and toad calls are much more nuanced than the "ribbit" sound many children are taught.
CUNDINAMARCA, Colombia (AP) — In a small farmhouse surrounded by cloud forest, Iván Lozano inspects dozens of glass containers that hold some of the world's most coveted frogs.
BOSTON (AP) — State wildlife officials are urging drivers to keep an eye out for frogs and salamanders.
On warm, rainy nights during April and May, amphibians will emerge from their winter...
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's new official amphibian is a slimy, 2-foot-long (0.6-meter) salamander that needs clean streams to thrive.
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania is getting an official amphibian, a nocturnal, unsightly salamander that's sometimes known as a snot otter, lasagna lizard or mud devil.
ASHVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Federal officials have decided not to list the eastern hellbender salamander as an endangered species. Conservation groups disagree with the decision.
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Biologists are urging drivers to watch out for amphibians that will be crossing roadways across Vermont during their early spring migration.
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — A Florida suburb is being plagued by thousands of poisonous toads.
Experts say the amphibians are bufo toads, also known as cane toads. Residents in the...
HARRISBURG, Ill. (AP) — A stretch of road in southern Illinois is closed to allow snakes and amphibians the chance to migrate to their summer homes.
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Volunteers in the Hudson Valley are preparing to document the annual breeding migrations of frogs and salamanders in a project led by the Department of Environmental...
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming's governor will consider a proposal by high school students to recognize the state's only species of salamander.
A bill designating the blotched tiger salamander as Wyoming's state amphibian cleared the Wyoming House on a 50-9 vote Monday. The bill earlier passed the Senate.
Students at Pathfinder High School in Lander came up with the idea.
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Pennsylvania Senate renewed its push Monday to make a slimy and unsightly salamander the state's official amphibian in an effort to highlight the plight of a creature whose numbers researchers say are declining rapidly because of pollution in rivers and streams.
The Senate approved the bill in support of the Eastern hellbender, 48-1.
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's Senate is resuming a push to make the Eastern hellbender the state's official amphibian, an effort to highlight the plight of a creature whose numbers researchers say are declining because of pollution in rivers and streams.
The bill emerged unanimously Tuesday from a Senate committee. A previous bill died last year in the House, where it encountered competing legislation promoting the Wehrle's salamander.
SHASTA LAKE, Calif. (AP) — A trio of salamander species in Northern California could complicate a controversial $1.4 billion public works project to heighten the Shasta Dam, the state's largest reservoir.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Federal judges must look again at an agency's decision to declare a tract of Louisiana timberland "critical habitat" for an endangered Southeastern frog, following a ruling Tuesday by the nation's highest court.
The U.S. Supreme Court's 8-0 ruling concerns the endangered dusky gopher frog, currently found only in Mississippi.
LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) — Scientists are trying to find out why some salamander species in the Blue Ridge Mountains are largely resistant to a fungus that's been killing off amphibians in other parts of the world.
Liberty University said in a news release Monday that its researchers are studying 10 salamander species. They're found along three Virginia mountain peaks near the school in Lynchburg.
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Police in Colombia's capital have recovered 216 poisonous frogs from an airport bathroom and authorities say smugglers planned to illegally send them for sale in Germany.
Authorities announced Wednesday they'd found the frogs hidden in small film containers that were buried in a bag filled with clothes. The rescued amphibians include endangered species like the dark orange and black Lehmann's poison frog.
HARRISBURG, Ill. (AP) — Snakes and amphibians that have not yet crossed Snake Road in Shawnee National Forest can relax because officials are giving them a little more time to make the trek.
ROYAL OAK, Mich. (AP) — About two dozen endangered frogs raised at the Detroit Zoo have been released into the wild.
The Detroit Zoological Society says 25 dusky gopher frogs were moved this month to the Ward Bayou Wildlife Management Area in southern Mississippi.
MANTEO, N.C. (AP) — In the wake of Hurricane Florence, the North Carolina coast has been plagued with a tide of frogs and toads, but the storm's record-setting floods aren't entirely to blame.
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Conservationists are monitoring some 200 endangered frogs that were released along South Africa's coastline after a captive-breeding program at the Johannesburg Zoo.
The release last month of the Pickersgill's reed frogs happened in KwaZulu-Natal province, where the species' wetland habitat along the Indian Ocean coast has come under severe pressure from human development.
HARRISBURG, Ill. (AP) — Snakes and amphibians will have the right away for a while on Shawnee National Forest's Snake Road.
ROYAL OAK, Mich. (AP) — A new habitat at the Detroit Zoo is a home for Japanese giant salamanders.
The former Rainforest Immersion Gallery at the zoo's National Amphibian Conservation Center has been transformed into a space to provide the aquatic amphibians with a habitat twice the size of their previous dwelling.
Some tropical frogs may be developing resistance to a deadly fungal disease – but now salamanders are at risk
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Louise Rollins-Smith, Vanderbilt University
HARTFORD, Vt. (AP) — Wildlife experts say a rare salamander has been spotted in a Vermont forest.
The Valley News reports Jon Bouton was hosting an educational tour last month in Hartford Town Forest when he discovered the Jefferson salamander in a vernal pool. Experts at the University of Vermont and Fish and Wildlife Department confirmed the sighting after receiving pictures of the salamander.
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department is asking drivers to slow down on roads near ponds and wetlands or use alternative routes on rainy spring nights when frogs and salamanders are making their annual migration to spring breeding pools.
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The Boston Marathon isn't the only upcoming road race — frogs, salamanders and toads are also on the move.
WASHINGTON (AP) — After years of silence, the rhythmic dee-dee-deeps of frogs and toads are returning in parts of Panama.
A deadly fungal disease devastated amphibians in Central America more than a decade ago, quieting some mountain streams. But new research shows evolution may have saved the day — and the frogs.
EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) — The return of salamander mating season means roadblocks are rising in southwestern Indiana to protect the amorous amphibians.
Visitors to Evansville's Wesselman Woods Nature Preserve are finding some roads blocked off to motorists to safeguard the salamanders as they emerge from their winter hideaways and migrate to shallow pools near the 200-acre preserve's nature center to mate and lay their eggs.
HARRISBURG, Ill. (AP) — The Shawnee National Forest in southern Illinois is closing a roadway so snakes and amphibians can safely migrate from limestone bluffs to a nearby swamp.
DETROIT (AP) — The Belle Isle Nature Center in Detroit is celebrating daylight saving time with a program on amphibian awareness and conservation.
The free event will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on March 11.
Detroit Zoological Society education curator Amy Greene says the goal is "to help people connect with what's happening to amphibians in nature, including in their own backyards."
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Legislation that has advanced another step in Michigan would let hunters kill frogs year round and lift a ban against spearing frogs by using an artificial light.
The House passed the bill 69-39 Thursday after changing a version that previously cleared the Senate. The House also voted 84-24 to prohibit hunting reptiles or amphibians for commercial purposes.
Michigan now bans killing any species of frog between mid-November and late spring.
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — There's another salamander vying to become Pennsylvania's official amphibian.
House Republican leader Dave Reed circulated a memo Thursday seeking support for forthcoming legislation to make Wehrle's salamander the state's official amphibian.
His memo appeared a day after the Senate voted overwhelmingly to make the Eastern hellbender the official amphibian of Pennsylvania.
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The state Senate is advancing legislation to make the Eastern hellbender the official amphibian of Pennsylvania, as researchers say its population is shrinking because of pollution.
NAMPA, Idaho (AP) — Researchers have identified a possibly undiscovered species of frog after an Idaho college was chosen to house two rare tree frogs.
Customs authorities in Hong Kong had confiscated the tree frogs that were thought to be crowned and fringe-limbed species, and the university applied to host the frogs, the Idaho Press-Tribune reported .
WOLF LAKE, Ill. (AP) — The Shawnee National Forest in southern Illinois has closed one of its roads to ensure the safety of snake species that cross it on their way to hibernate.
SAN DIEGO (AP) — A 24-year-old Marine based in California has become the first female officer to lead an assault amphibian vehicle platoon, the U.S. Marine Corps said.
With her parents looking on, Second Lt. Mariah Klenke made history Tuesday as she graduated from the Assault Amphibian Officer Course at Camp Pendleton.
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HARRISBURG, Ill. (AP) — A 2 ½ mile-long road in southern Illinois' Shawnee National Forest is closing Friday for an annual migration of snakes and amphibians.
The roadway closes every year so that the animals can make their gradual, two-month move from areas where they live during the summer to winter hibernation habitats. Some species are considered threatened or endangered in Illinois and the U.S.
EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) — A southern Indiana zoo has built an artificial stream designed to fool a rare salamander species into using it for breeding.
The Mesker Park Zoo's artificial stream includes chillers and pumps to mimic a natural flowing river. Officials with the Evansville zoo hope captive Eastern hellbenders will breed and lay eggs in the stream.
If they do, that would be a first for the species that's North America's largest salamander.
OGDEN, Utah (AP) — Biologists in Utah are working to save native boreal toads from extinction in the face of the destruction of its habitat by humans and competition from invasive species like bullfrogs.
ASHLAND, Neb. (AP) — The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is inviting people to celebrate amphibians at Mahoney State Park.
It's Salamander Saturday at the park. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Riverview Lodge, visitors will be able to see salamanders and create salamander armbands. From 1 to 1:45 p.m., University of Nebraska-Lincoln herpetologist Dennis Ferraro will discuss the disappearance of the western tiger salamander from eastern Nebraska.
LAS VEGAS, N.M. (AP) — Three zoos across the United States will be getting endangered boreal toads raised by students at New Mexico Highlands University as part of a nationwide effort to preserve the species.
School officials say the Detroit Zoo's National Amphibian Conservation Center, the Denver Zoo in Colorado and the Staten Island Zoo in New York are accepting the live toads.
The amphibians were raised from eggs in a biology lab at the northern New Mexico school.
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire's Fish and Game Department wants to hear reports of reptile and amphibian sightings.
Biologists are looking for data on several seldom-seen reptiles and amphibians, such as the Fowler's toad, eastern hognose snake, blue-spotted salamanders and others.
The department collects information on these sightings to help monitor the state's reptile and amphibian populations.
BERLIN (AP) — Europe's salamanders could be decimated by a flesh-eating alien species that has already wreaked havoc in some parts of the continent, scientists said in a study published Wednesday.
Researchers who examined the impact of the alien invader — a fungus native to Asia — on fire salamanders in Belgium and the Netherlands found it to be lethal to the amphibians and almost impossible to eradicate.