Your monthly round up of reptile and amphibian articles, by Conservation Communication Officer Lucy.
Possible biological control for deadly amphibian fungus
|Common toads are susceptible to the fungus (photo by Lucy Benyon/Froglife)|
Critically endangered Siamese crocodiles hatched in captivity
The Wildlife Conservation Society has successfully hatched 20 Siamese crocodiles at Laos Zoo. Classified as ‘critically endangered’ due to overhunting and drastic loss of habitat, these freshwater reptiles can grow up to 10ft in length. The hatchlings will be released in their second year, as part of a new project trying to save the species.
Source: Wildlife Extra
Rare toad, not seen for over five years, spotted in Chilean National Park
The elusive Bullock’s false toad had not been seen since 2005 when it was re-discovered in the Nahuelbuta National Park in Chile. Researchers believe this could be the only surviving wild population of this critically endangered toad. Dependent on fast-flowing streams for laying its eggs in, this little toad has been severely affected by the establishment of pine plantations in the area and other activities which have led to streams silting up. Bullock’s false toad is ranked fifth in the 100 amphibian species most at risk of extinction, according to the Zoological Society of London’s EDGE project.
Source: I Love Chile
Camilla kisses a toad
Well not quite, but the Duchess of Cornwall did get up close and personal with the amphibian on a recent visit to Walworth Garden Farm in Southwark, South London. A keen gardener, the Duchess was unperturbed when a child handed her the toad, which she then carefully released under a near-by log. “There you are, toad in the hole,” she joked.
Source: Daily Mail