At-Risk Species: the Coastal Tailed Frog
No voice? No eardrums? No problem! Although we often associate frogs with their welcoming spring chorus from ponds and lakes across British Columbia, these calls are not coming from all froggy friends. The small and silent Coastal Tailed Frog wouldn’t really benefit from attempts to communicate with one another like this anyway; while spending their days in the noisy flow of fast moving streams, any chirps and trills would be drowned out by the rush of water!
Being the strong and silent type isn’t the only thing that sets these special temperate rainforest frogs apart from the rest of their amphibian comrades. Coastal Tailed Frogs are considered the most primitive frogs in the world and one of the longest lived too; up to 20 years. And some spend four years in the tadpole stage alone! Talk about not acting their age. (more info at link)
Seems like a pretty hard life in the flow of fast moving streams, especially the tadpoles! Very interesting, thanks Dianne.
Very interesting; thanks for the introduction. Nature is marvelous; too bad we meddle without knowing the consequences.
Thanks Dianne for that neat story about that cute Jet Black froggie, who is the Silent Type.
thanks for sharing Dianne
Interesting article, thanks, Dianne