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  • A green and brown frog with large round eyes resting on a rock.
    Ginseng flower forming. Photo by Courtney Celley, USFWS.

    Frog hibernation

    November 28, 2011 | 2 minute read

    Transcript Greetings and welcome to the Southern Appalachian Creature Feature. Cold weather has descended upon the Southern Appalachians and on some mornings, perhaps most mornings, soft, warm flannel sheets make the notion of hibernation seem incredibly appealing. Talk of hibernation brings to mind bears curled up in a den until spring, but what about animals that aren’t warm and fuzzy, like frogs? They’ve no insulation and their body temperature rise and fall with the outside temperature – how do they make it through the winter?  Learn more...

  • A dragonfly emerging from a protective shell attached to a blade of grass
    Dragonfly emerging from a nymph stage. Photo by Gary Peeples, USFWS.

    A reason for at least some of the amphibian deformities

    October 2, 2009 | 2 minute read

    Transcript Greetings, and welcome to the Southern Appalachian Creature Feature. For several years biologists were noticing fairly widespread malformations among amphibians - frogs missing legs or having extra legs. There was much speculation about the cause of this disfigurement, including heightened suspicion of pesticides and other chemicals. Researchers have recently uncovered what may be at least part of the explanation for legless frogs – dragonflies. Frogs and dragonflies have something in common – they both spend the early part of their life in water.  Learn more...

  • A brown frog pokes its head through the water.
    Leopard frog. Photo by Jonathan Brenncke, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.

    A new study looks at pesticide and frog deaths

    March 6, 2009 | 2 minute read

    Transcript Greetings and welcome to the Southern Appalachian Creature Feature. It’s become a right of spring in our home to venture to the neighbor’s backyard ponds, get a handful of frog eggs, put them in a jar in the middle of the dining room table and watch them mature into frogs. Hopefully this is a tradition we can maintain for years to come. It’s well-known that amphibians around the globe are experiencing a die-off.  Learn more...

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