Titicaca Frog



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In Lake Titicaca lives the Titicaca Frog. The lake is in South America - it sprawls between Bolivia and Peru. The Titicaca frog lives only in this lake and there is a great deal of concern that the species is becoming so rare that it could soon be extinct. The lake is the highest lake in the world lying some 4000 metres above sea level.

The Titicaca frog is a very unusual looking frog as you can see from the picture above. It is almost as though it's skin is too big for it!

Research is being carried out to try and find out why the frog is becoming so rare. It is felt that it is due the Lake Titicaca being so high above sea level that it is extremely vulnerable to climate change. This could be what is having a devastating effect of the frog. Recently, the biologist Arturo Munez said that he found lots of dead frogs in the lake. He is hoping to lead a team of experts in a diving research project to see if he can discover why the Titicaca frog is becoming so close to extinction. Hopefully, soon, there might be a program of captive breeding of the frog which would ensure its future is a bright one. Let's hope so - it would be a shame to see an end to yet another rare species of frog.



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