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5 frog conservation facts to save the day

Celebrate Save the Frogs Day with this little guy – if you can find him!

April 25, 2015 | Latest Photo Prev Next
Frog swims through pond in northern IsraelFrog swims through pond in northern IsraelPhoto: Ary B / Flickr
April 25, 2015 | Latest Photo

A marsh frog swims through the lily pads of a pond in northern Israel's Biria Forest, blending in almost completely with his surroundings. 

The marsh frog is the largest frog native throughout Europe and takes on a bright green variation in Israel – all the better to sneak around and hunt for tasty dragonfly snacks.

Israel's wetland environments are home to a handful of amphibian species, but one in particular stands out with a truly incredible story worthy of a call-out on Save the Frogs Day. The Hula painted frog, once thought to be extinct, can now be found hopping along in the Hula Valley.

As frog populations around the globe dwindle, here's what you can do to help:

  1. Avoid pesticides. Once they get into the ground water supply, they can be harmful to many animals, including frogs.
  2. Don't buy frogs that were caught in the wild. Instead, look for one that was raised in captivity in a local store.
  3. Don't set your pet frog loose. It could have negative consequences for the native species in your area.
  4. Frogs crossing – they need to get from Point A to Point B, too. Sometimes they need a hand getting across the road.
  5. Build a pond in your yard, but don't stock it with fish. The fewer the fish, the more amphibians!

Though they may not look like real-life versions of children's show characters (like the newly discovered "Kermit frog"), Israel's amphibians are each special in their own ways.

Frogs are fascinating creatures that need our help. Spread the word by sharing our photo! 

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