Weird, noodly amphibian shows up in Florida

Biologists have caught a caecilian, a legless amphibian that can be anywhere from a few inches to 5 feet long. It's the first one found in the US.

Natalie van Hoose-Florida • futurity
July 28, 2021 ~6 min

Early amphibians’ move to land came with a spine switch-up

For early amphibians, moving from water to land and, for some, back to the water left an impression—on the shapes of animals' spines.

Katherine Unger Baillie-Penn • futurity
June 17, 2021 ~8 min

Why masses of salamander eggs come in two colors

Masses of spotted salamander eggs are either white or clear. New research indicates two dueling evolutionary forces at work.

Gail McCormick-Penn State • futurity
April 14, 2021 ~7 min

How we turned a golf course into a haven for rare newts, frogs and toads

Britain's native amphibians are in steep decline thanks to wetlands disappearing and ponds drying up.

Robert Jehle, Reader in Population Biology, University of Salford • conversation
Feb. 24, 2021 ~7 min

Weird amphibians offer oldest signs of ‘rapid-fire’ tongues

Skull fossils from a species of extinct amphibians called albanerpetontids shows the oldest-known evidence of a slingshot-style tongue, researchers say.

Natalie van Hoose-Florida • futurity
Nov. 30, 2020 ~12 min

A skin-eating fungus from Europe could decimate Appalachia's salamanders – but researchers are working to prevent an outbreak

The Bsal fungus is not yet here in North America, or any place in the Western Hemisphere, but there is concern that the pet trade is the most likely route for introduction here.

Matt Gray, Professor, University of Tennessee • conversation
Nov. 6, 2020 ~8 min

Do big tadpoles become big frogs?

"We wanted to know, do large frogs have large tadpoles and small frogs small tadpoles, or are the sizes between the two decoupled?'"

Daniel Stolte-Arizona • futurity
Sept. 11, 2020 ~9 min

Wildlife in 'catastrophic decline' due to human destruction, scientists warn

Conservation group WWF says global wildlife populations have shrunk by two-thirds since 1970.

By Helen Briggs • bbcnews
Sept. 10, 2020 ~5 min

Scientists have the answer to a tadpole mystery

The advance could help protect amphibians from extinction by protecting their breeding grounds.

By Helen Briggs • bbcnews
Sept. 3, 2020 ~3 min

Lake Titicaca giant frog: Scientists join forces to save species

International scientific institutions are teaming up to save the world's largest aquatic amphibian.

BBC Science News • bbcnews
July 27, 2020 ~3 min