Amphibian Behavior Changing With Climate
Posted 21 July 2011, by Staff, Animal Connection, animalconnectionblog.blogspot.com
A troubling study provides new evidence that amphibians around the world continue to struggle with the devastating effects of climate change. A scientist in Indiana found that frogs and salamanders are actually altering their behavior in response to a warming climate. His analysis of 17 years of data showed that all 13 species of amphibians studied are now breeding earlier in the spring than they did back in the 1990s. Unfortunately, climate change isn’t the only threat amphibians face. These highly sensitive, permeable-skinned creatures are also at risk from environmental toxins, disease, nonnative predators, habitat destruction and many other dangers. Scientists estimate that 30 percent of the world’s amphibians are threatened with extinction.
The Center for Biological Diversity has been steadily ramping up its efforts to save amphibians and reptiles (together called “herpetofauna”). We file petitions to protect them under the Endangered Species Act; work to keep toxic pesticides out of their habitats; and — led by the nation’s only full-time herp attorney, Collette Adkins Giese from the Center’s Minneapolis office — go to court to ensure that the feds are taking the right steps to save Barton Springs salamanders, California red-legged frogs and scores of other rare, cold-blooded creatures of land, stream and pond.