Category Archives: amphibians

Reader’s wildlife video

This is a stupendous feat of ingestion, and so I’ll put it up by itself. The video was shot by reader Rick Longworth, who calls it, accurately, “Big Gulp.” His notes: Here we see a green heron (Butorides virescens) downing a good sized bullfrog (Lithobates catesbeianus) near Poughkeepsie, NY. This is my first attempt at […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Today we have some lovely amphibians from Swiss reader and biologist Jacques Hausser. The captions are his. The two first species belong to the family Bufonidae. Bufo bufo, the common (or European) toad. This one was hiding under rotting bits of bark in a place in the woods where lumberjacks had been working. Toads are rather secretive […]

A ten pound frog frog lived in ancient Madagascar

A frog that could swallow a small theropod dinosaur? Well, maybe: it was large enough, and weighed in at a hefty ten pounds (4.5 kilograms). This animal, with the clever name of Beelzebufo, was first described in 2008, but a new paper in PNAS by Susan Evans et al. (reference and free link below), describes […]

Spot the smooth newt!

Reader John Hammill asks you to spot the Lissotriton vulgaris vulgaris, the only newt species remaining in Ireland (vulgaris is the subspecies). This isn’t too hard, so I’ve put the reveal below the fold (click “read more”).

Spot the salamander!

Matthew Cobb found this “spot the salamander” tweet (it’s a hellbender, Cryptobranchus alleganiensis), and I had a hard time with it. Can you spot it? I’ll put the answer below the fold (click on “read more”): Look closely—1 of these rocks is actually a salamander. More on giant (& harmless) hellbenders: https://t.co/mxSuwUiwlA 📸David Herasimtschuk pic.twitter.com/ooIYuBCysE — […]

Here’s the frog!

Did you spot it this morning in Charles Jones’s photo? If not, here’s the reveal: And here’s the frog. Readers, can you give us an identification?

Spot the frog!

Reader Charles Jones sent a hidden amphibian. His notes: Attached is a photo taken by my daughter Hannah Jones near the “Grand Canyon of Pennsylvania”.  This is a case in which the critter is impossible to see, until you see it.  And then it is obvious. Well, I’d call it “medium difficulty” but we’ll see. […]

A screaming, puffed-up frog

This video of a Cape Rain frog (Breviceps gibbosus) should not be taken as amusing because, as National Geographic reported . . . . . the footage clearly shows a frog in distress. Simon Van Nierop, who captured the video, was taking a walk with his children and dogs in the Tokai Forest in Table Mountain […]

Readers’ wildlife photos (and videos)

Reader Graham found that he had mis-gendered his fox (a crime in Canada), and sent these notes: It would appear that I’ve made a rather large mistake in regard to Mr Fox. He’s not Mr Fox, SHE is Ms Fox! I came into my kitchen this morning to see Ms Fox on the lawn with […]

Here’s the toad!

Did you spot it in today’s earlier post? Here’s the original photo: And here’s Mr. Toad: Now we need some assistance here. Stephen thinks it’s “either a Western Toad (Anaxyrus boreas) or maybe Woodhouse’s Toad (Anaxyrus woodhousii).” Do readers know?