The males of most frogs and toads call during the mating season to attract females. Thus, one of the exciting features of being in a region with a rich biodiversity of frogs is not only what you might see but what you might hear.
Long Point Provincial Park (Ontario, Canada) is home to 19 species of turtles and snakes, of which 12 are listed as being Species at Risk. These reptiles frequently cross the road or bask on it for warmth within the park. Unfortunately, this puts them in danger and many are killed. The Long Point Basin Land Trust and Long Point Provincial Park worked together to make the park safer for these animals.
The mission of The Amphibian and Reptile Conservancy is to promote amphibian and reptile conservation, as well as efforts that support the mission of Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation (PARC) and their goals.
The Hellbender, Cryptobranchus alleganiensis, is listed as ‘Near Threatened’ on the IUCN Red List of Threatened SpeciesTM. Also commonly known as “snot otter” and “old lasagna sides,” the adult Hellbender is one of North America’s largest salamander species. It occurs in rivers and streams from New York to Mississippi and throughout south-central Missouri into northern Arkansas. This species requires cool, well-oxygenated, clean running water and is therefore an important barometer of overall ecosystem health.
The loss of genetic diversity in small or isolated populations can increase inbreeding, decrease fitness and adaptive potential and increase a species’ probability of extinction. In species with life histories that naturally result in small populations and/or low levels of gene flow, patterns of anthropogenically induced genetic erosion can be obscured by evolutionary history; yet these species may still be susceptible to genetic loss.
The Alaotran Gentle Lemur, Hapalemur alaotrensis, is classified as ‘Critically Endangered’ on the IUCN Red List of Threatened SpeciesTM. Fewer than 3,000 individuals remain in the wild in two fragmented populations within 19,000 hectares of marsh in Lake Alaotra, the largest lake in Madagascar. The Alaotran Gentle Lemur is the only exclusively wetland-dwelling primate in the world.
A Stony Brook University researcher has found that, contrary to popular belief, there are not plenty of fish in the sea.