Frogs, toads, salamanders and newts are all amazing examples of amphibians. Amphibians are animals that will live part of their lives in water and part on land. They hatch from eggs laid in or near water. Many will go through metamorphosis changing in body shape and living on land as adults, often returning to water to breed. Unable to generate their own body heat, they rely on the temperature of their environment to keep warm or cool enough to survive.
Why Amphibian Conservation?
- They play an important role in the balance of nature, serving both as predator and prey.
- They eat pest insects aiding agriculture and lowering the spread of disease carried by insects.
- Their ability to produce protective compounds in their skin, regrow tissues and survive after being frozen has the potential to lead to new medial understandings and breakthroughs.
- They play an important role in human cultures around the world, revered as good-luck tokens and agents of life.
How Can I Help?
- Create an amphibian friendly environment by providing clean water, hiding places, and insects to eat!
- Build a toad abode from an upside down ceramic flowerpot in a shady spot near a water source
- Add a pond or water feature, landscape naturally and create a Certified Wildlife Habitat
- Reduce pesticides and fertilizers in the environment by eliminating their use at home and purchasing organically grown foods.
- Help scientists learn more about current frog populations by participating in a scientific monitoring project like Nature Quest FrogwatchUSA program.