Red-legged Running Frog (Kassina maculata)

This small insectivorous nocturnal frog, reaching a length of up to 7.5 cm (SVL), is found in a variety of habitats, with permanent fresh water and general wet - moist surroundings, in tropical and subtropical areas along the East Coast of Africa. They belong to the family Hyperoliidae, the Sedge, Reed, and Bush frogs. The name of the “Walking or Running frogs,” in the genus Kassina, comes from their habit walking, in lieu of hopping as many frogs do, characterized by a deliberate stride.

Have a look:  Kassina areolata - Ghana

photograph by Dick Bartlett


You will never see it coming.


Green Salamanders (Aneides aeneus), found in the Southern Appalachians of the SE United States

This species of lungless salamander (family Plethodontidae) is found in and near moist rock crevices in mountainous areas. They are excellent climbers, sometimes even found in nearby shrubs and trees. The males of this species is known for being aggressive towards potential predators, other salamanders, and each other.

photographs by Dick Bartlett

Reptile keeper PSA

HEY GUYS! so, I know a lot of us use Exo-Terra plastic plants in our enclosures, and I’m no exception, since they’re so cheap and look decent.

but I just pulled one out of my Cuban tree frog’s enclosure, and I found this

that would be rusty wire sticking out of the plastic.

so I went and checked all my others, and sure enough, almost all of them had some protruding rusty metal wires.

Exo-Terra, are you fucking kidding me? how can you tell your customer base that this is terrarium-safe?? 

reptile/amphibian keepers: PLEASE remove these from your enclosures! don’t let your animals get exposed to potentially toxic levels of rust! 

I have had a few mysterious amphibian deaths recently and I’m starting to wonder. 

so please use these ONLY in arid/desert enclosures… or better yet, don’t use them at all!

reptile side of tumblr… reblog to save a life.
Frog goes extinct, media yawns
Is the loss of a unique life form on Earth big news? Not according to most media outlets. But how can the public care about global mass extinction if they aren’t even told about its victims?
By Jeremy Hance

On 26 September, staff with the Atlanta Botanical Garden found a frog dead in his enclosure. The frog had big brown eyes, massive feet with thick webs between the toes, and brownish skin speckled with little yellow dots. His name was Toughie. He was big for a frog and he didn’t like it when humans handled him. He’d lived a long time: 12 years.

And he was the last of his kind.

On 26 September 2016, the world very likely lost Rabbs’ fringe-limbed treefrog (Ecnomiohyla rabborum) to extinction. The species, only discovered by scientists in 2005, lived in Panama before it was wiped out in the wild by habitat destruction and the amphibian disease, chytridiomycosis. The last one was heard calling in the wild in 2007. But before this, a small number of Rabbs’ fringe-limbed treefrog had been taken into zoological facilities for captive breeding. Unfortunately, the attempt failed. Toughie was the last to die.

Despite the fact that we can actually trace the extinction of Rabbs’ fringe-limbed treefrog to an exact date, it occurred with very little media interest. Sure, the species’ demise was covered by many standard science media sites, such as Scientific American, National Geographic, and Mongabay.

But the list of what media outlets thought the story not interesting enough is perhaps more notable, including the BBC, the Sun, and CNN. Even this outlet, the Guardian, did not devote a full article to the extinction.

Many news sites simply reprinted the Associated Press’s story, which spilled 264 words on the extinction of Rabbs’ fringe-limbed treefrog (in contrast, the AP wrote three times as many words, 798, on Taylor Swift’s concert at Formula One). The New York Times at first only carried the AP article, though it later published a beautiful op-ed by one of the researchers.

Still, I waited a little while to see if news coverage would pick up as the story trickled out – it didn’t.

A week after the extinction, I gave a presentation to a local herpetological society, ie devoted to amphibians and reptiles. When I brought up the recent demise of Rabbs’ fringe-limbed treefrog, there were audible gasps in the room. Even herp lovers hadn’t heard of it.

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This Escape Ramp Could Save Frogs From The Certain Death Of Swimming Pools
If you have a swimming pool, chances are you’ve had to clear a few frogs (dead or alive) out of it. We humans aren’t the only ones who want to take a cool dip now and then, after all.

The chlorine-treated water that keeps swimming pools clean and disease-free will prove deadly for frogs who spend too much time in it, which is where the Frog Log Critter Escape Ramp comes in…