What a frog! The male Darwin frog can pretty much take the award for best daddy of the amphibian world! Here is the story.
These frogs are native to Chile and Argentina and like to hang out in the rivers and streams in the forest. Their scientific name is Rhinoderma darwinii. Unfortunately, their numbers are decreasing and their conservation status is classed as 'vulnerable' like to many other amphibians.
Because the numbers of these frogs have dropped so significantly becoming endangered, there is thankfully a couple of zoos in Chile that are taking care of these frogs in trying to ensure that they stay with us.
In fact, it is probable that the species has become extinct in the wild which is a shame.
Amphibians play such an important part in the world and the environment, helping to balance delicate ecosystems.
They are responsible for keeping plagues of insects under control, and so without them the effect of agriculture is enormous and in turn public health could be in trouble.
As all amphibians are very sensitive to the environmental changes, we really should learn to respect frogs more as they are an indicator of how healthy the environment is.
When there is a total loss of frogs in an area, perhaps it is time to investigate and see what is going on there and try and re-dress that delicate balance.
Sadly, it could also be that the disease Batrachochytrium Dendrobatidis has wiped out the Darwin frog population, along with disturbance of the frog's natural habitats with natural forests being destroyed for tree plantations.
The females of Darwin's frogs are usually a brownish colour and they stay on a similar colour background to ensure their safety, while the male frog is quite a bit brighter in colour, usually green (and especially green when the males are brooding), but the throat is a browny colour and the underside of the frogs are black with big white patches individual to each frog.
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