Sunday, June 25, 2017
When they grow up, they'll be big, gray-green and saggy-skinned, but for now, the newest critically endangered babies at the Denver Zoo are slender and sleek.
The hatchlings are the first tadpoles of Lake Titicaca frogs (Telmatobius culeus) ever born in North America. They're the offspring of two frogs from the Huachipa Zoo in the amphibians' native Peru. The Denver Zoo is the only Northern Hemisphere institution caring for this frog species, which is native to a single high-altitude lake in the Andes. The tadpoles hatched on Valentine's Day (Feb. 14).
Lake Titicaca frogs are critically endangered because of environmental contamination and poaching. They're the key ingredient in a traditional health shake called Jugo de Rana, or frog juice, which is rumored to increase vitality and virility (there's no evidence that it does). In an effort to conserve the species, the Denver Zoo partnered with Cayetano Heredia University and the Huachipa Zoo in Lima to bring 20 adult Lake Titicaca frogs to Colorado in November 2015.
"In the time we've had the Lake Titicaca frogs, we have gained so much insight to this unique species," Tom Weaver, assistant curator of reptiles and fish at the Denver Zoo, said in a statement. "We feel very proud that we are able to provide that opportunity."
Lake Titicaca sits at an elevation of 12,500 feet (3,811 meters), and its waters are chilly — Lake Titicaca frogs are adapted to survive in water with temperatures of 50 to 60 degrees Fahrenheit (10 to 17 degrees Celsius). The frogs can grow to 20 inches (50 centimers) long and weigh up to 2 pounds (0.9 kilograms). Their baggy skin provides them extra surface area so that they can more efficiently pull oxygen from the water, according to the zoo.
Their skin has given them the rather unappealing nickname "scrotum frog," which is not the only reason one might not want to grind them up into a smoothie. Wild frogs can also carry cholera, according to Denver Zoo officials. The grandparents of the current Denver Zoo tadpoles were confiscated from the illegal wildlife market in Peru and Bolivia and kept at the Huachipa Zoo. The parents hatched as tadpoles at that zoo before making the trip to Denver in a cooler.
Most of the tadpoles are now on display in Denver. When they mature into frogs, some will stay at the Denver Zoo, while others will be sent to other accredited institutions. Before the Denver Zoo received its Lake Titicaca frogs, it had been more than 20 years since any zoo in America had housed the species.
"Our work is raising much-needed awareness for the plight of this frog for our guests, children and adults, and will soon do the same for those who visit the other institutions which will soon be a home for the species," Matt Herbert, the zoo's director of conservation education, said in the statement.
Thursday, June 1, 2017
Your carcass is the fleshy rink, and I am the one who blades upon with skates made of sharpened steel. A buttress trample to calm thyself. Round and round we go.
Trampled Under Throat
The Fragmentation Of The Rural Vendors Within Lao People's Democratic Republic
Vuicasfiolopyndviunly Veiled In Subfossority, Subserviant To Cryiptic Cervitude
Two Unharmonious Notes (Heterixalus madagascariensis)
Emergent Vegetational Indents, A Stagnant Kinesthesia For Kequiogirup
Sunday, May 28, 2017
In Texas, you can find 4-foot long snakes, and possibly bullfrogs the size of a small dog?
A picture of a South Texas man holding an alleged 13-pound frog is setting social media ablaze, and is making people question whether or not it's the real deal or just a nifty Photoshop job.
He claims the photos are 100 percent real, and that he has caught others in the past.
Texas Parks and Wildlife confirmed his claim that at least the photo is real.
"It's obviously an optical illusion because he held it towards the camera," said Steve Lightfoot with Texas Parks and Wildlife.
While the picture may be real, Lightfoot isn't so sure about the alleged weight of the frog. Although bullfrogs are North America's biggest frog species, typically, they're no bigger than a pound, according to the National Aquarium.
The world's largest frog is the Goliath frog and it can weigh as much as a newborn baby. However, its natural habitat is over 6,000 miles away from Texas in the coastal rainforests of west Africa, according to the Encyclopedia of Life.
"Don't believe everything you see on the internet," Lightfoot said.
Another thing that is confirmed is that the South Texas Association post is certified viral. It's been shared more than 100,000 times and has over 15,000 likes and counting.
While the Amphibian within the photograph is amazing, the piece of shit holding it, is not.
Saturday, April 29, 2017
In honor of Save The Frogs Day, in dishonor of respectable humanity, the beast reaps. The flavor is an unsettling one, but that's what we lust after. Eat we must, no matter the piquancy. When the soil is bone dry, and there's nil fluid in sight, what do you think we do? An omnibus of verruca, with frequencies & piercingness thine dare not spew of. Stay away. Stay very far away...
Accidental Colonization In The East
Granular Bimodal Bordering The Posterior Labium In A Depressed Body
Certain Soil Fidelity, Urinating Within To Provide The Moisture
Larvae Lost To Hyla crepitans
Inhabiting This Breadth Where Others Are Abscent, Where The Avoidance Is Grand
"Feast Of The East" Edition
Saturday, April 22, 2017
Audial coitus in tapeform with Cavatus.
Celebrate Earth Day, the wrong way.
Plopped out by Murder on Ponce
Cavatus' area of unpleasantry
...As If I Let Go (Callings)
Us Mortals (Submerged)
The Inescapable Vast (Adrift)
Levitated The Next Time
Gestation In Hillock
Ceuthomantidae Terminal Phalanges
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Hey, Wastes of Space.
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Wednesday, April 12, 2017
The temperature is just right at this very moment, I think I'll try my hand in Pteropodidchaw. The time for a hilt in sporadicality when I glace up is now.
Gourmanden Velvety Free-Tailed In Bare Abandon
Twofold Controversy (Rearing)
Gailte Climactic Factors Within Environalgaenibble Exisits The Denstity And Growth Reiteniogaluqieur
Permanence Of The Waterbody (Slow-Flow)
20,000 To A String
Facilitate Gas Exchange Across The Skin (Questionables In Aerobic Capacity)
Monday, March 27, 2017
Monday, March 20, 2017
Facial Deconstructive Series: Part XIV
The scripture of Rana refers to a dorsum laterum I dare only to speak lightly of. Lightly, if not at all. These 10 years have been undesirable at best. Phyllomedusa has been deracinating for 10 years, and I still feel the same identical innerheavings I did back in 2007. I have asked for help, and didn't get what I wanted to hear. I have tortured myself into believing I could stop these audial wrongdoings, and began to enjoy the pain.
I have asked those who I only care for, the Animals, and they only laughed in my face and encouraged me to keep up the good slaughter. So I stopped the repudiation, I give myself to them, I preach their word. The invocation of Amphibia.
Functions Post-Aposematic Coloration
Hydric Brooding Plaihseg Primilary Consuming Eqwuidial In The Third Role
Evolutional Male-Male Competition
Acer Chunks Fawkopsifunshienfedic Jiaebo-Ovary Fittifucnskioen/Elongation In Two Carpals Of The Wings
Rhytisma acerinum Spoit Huiejuin As Individuals In Condiiton/Quality
Highly Polymorphic Populations Doidnfied Bocas del Toro Archipelago, Loyationg The Phenotype,
The Forms In Noticing Trait Value
Dephormt In A Mold Manner Atrocitizing Amboyna In The Purest Sensye, Not By Disbark, But By Amputation
Localities Continguisn A Weakly Variegated Pattern Few Scattered The Melanophore
The Stem Grows (Non-Sunburn)
Chaotically Decorated To Buipoliger, Analogus In Interrupted Double Dark Chevrons
Strangulated By The Deciduous Redolence Of Sassafrax (Laurel)
Tibia In Fine Serration
Oiquertkin Gio So Gently Curved Toward The Oral Opening, Situated And Relaxed In Way Where No Coercer Is Alarming, Stifling The Physalaemus Upsurge
Brighter Rivals, Bitter Vitals
Anthocyanin Pigmential Gested Derioiaiuelvuion Blaster
Tuesday, March 14, 2017
As the white stuff falls on my goddamned back, I wonder why I was fooled into thinking it was Spring already. Am I this weak? This impatient? I always fall for it, and pay dearly.
Hardened Imaginations Pre-Erroneous Visions Callousing The Freeze-Thaw Cycle (FTC)
Mynreictoilusivity In Glucose Produce
Schnewn Incrustic Ghinslab
Vicoudredging Cryomist On My Goddamned Back
Monday, March 13, 2017
Scientists recently described two new species of clown tree frogs — brightly patterned amphibians from the Amazon region — and this classification re-evaluated how the frogs were previously identified.
The clown frog group, named for its vibrant colors, was formerly thought to contain only two species: Dendropsophus leucophyllatus and Dendropsophus triangulum.
Clown Frogs O'Plenty
Wednesday, March 1, 2017
Undertake the frolic.
Wartpaucity Inner Metatarsal That Displays Scarcity In Cutting Desge
Abundant In Hovel, Tunneling Transgrescent Forigion In Silent Burrowing Disturbance
Obligement At A Dominant Frequency Of 1.8kHz, Post The Exhibition Of Yellow Egg Casing Bravura
Nevermind The Bushpigs
Eventuate The Fuscus Frolic
Heathlandic Epicurean, No Matter The Second Toe Is Longer Than The First, The Appendix Acts As No Burdern, But A Benefit In Heathwrest
Wednesday, February 22, 2017
Wednesday, February 8, 2017
The day of acknowledging this foreign thing entitled love is fast approaching. My innate hatred of such titles, and ideas has approached and gotten in touch with me long ago. The best of friends we are. My love of demolishing all things non-Lissamphib. Of all things non-Nature has grown to a height of horrendous proportion. It has to regress one of these days...right?
February 14th is Vivisect Day, and you already know what animal I'll be vivisecting.
Cryptiek Stone Usage In The Twenstial High-Gradient Aktiviegh
Indistinguishable Neotenic Retentio-Latterine Pore
A Desmognathine's Rhytidome
Wednesday, February 1, 2017
Saturday, January 28, 2017
Thursday, January 19, 2017
Ogdoad Born Out Of The Primeval Slime
The Golden Thorius Mausolaeum (Thorius aureus)
Pozos Play (Lepidobatrachus)
Bared Kneeling In A Content Of Half-Nibbled Acarid Spoilment As An Evaluation Of Gag Reflex
Clacking Orinoco Lime (Sphaenorhynchus)
We Drink The Vomit Of The Frog Priest
Smilisca's Sermon (Not A Listen, But A Taste)
Cartilaginous Ossification Heteroclite
v by Sonny
v, sound by big frog
Friday, January 13, 2017
Waking in the morning day by day, me and my tight caboose strolls off into no-frog's land. An area and situation I'd rather not be involved in. I see the band/show posters and find myself dreaming of a time where my tight little caboose would be in enough need to wipe, and wipe with these egomaniacs I would.
Destroying the bands and those ridden with enough self-righteousness to overflow Lake Toba is what I crave. I want it. I want it bad. The names, the rhythms, the self promotion. All of it, eradicated.
I hate the nightlife, baby.
Iyng Presence Brusa Reactor For Preservatie
Gods Of The Dusk
Equals In Upper Tooth
Littoral Frm/Aquatic Frm
Keradonts To Emerge Fin Quiannihg
Wednesday, January 11, 2017
Tuesday, January 10, 2017
Friday, December 23, 2016
The key word is cover. Finding it during the dry months is one thing, it's the luxuriates we forget during the wet months.
Her In A Perpendicular Angle (Welcoming The Straddle)
Larvae Eccentricity Amid The Third Year
A Misuse Of Herbicide
Larvae Eccentricity Amid The Third Year (Demo)
Facial Deconstructive Series: Part XIII
I like the swampland, the forests. Being around all these jacksticks lately makes me realize this more and more. Especially this time of year. I think about those who try to abuse their will by intimidation, and then proceed to giggle at the very idea of someone trying to pull this on me. I think about these things when I'm wandering, and catch this thing staring at me as it squirms up the branch. How can someone deal with this the way I do? They must have picked me somehow. Look at the picture, it's literally staring through me. You all have it made, I'm over here dealing with the real stress.
After the live track was recorded I heard voices outside that said words like "Are they okay?", "Should we check on them?", and "it sounded like a broken machine!!".
Whatever, I don't care.
Uhatte Ghontimuem-Dhemaenour (Pre-Rot)
Uhatte Ghontimuem-Dhemaenour (Post-Rot) [Live]
Wednesday, December 7, 2016
Facial Deconstructive Series: Part XII
No matter the location, the substance, the weapon, they find me. They stalk me, they talk to me. I've tried physical combat, mental warfare, avoidance, nothing seems to work. I can only be at their mercy, imposed by their will, do what they want, not I. I am sorry.
Gratation Vembin Of A Single Cut
Arcovomer passarellii Assails
Fulcrum Choanal Aperture Permanence
Sealed By Tissue (Fleshy Atretochoana Flaps)
Sunday, November 27, 2016
All Slimepourri has been plopped for whatever reason. I could not be happier about all of it being gone. I have no reason to be involved with you anymore. That took way too long. Our time together was pro-longed and it has driven me insane. I don't even like anything. I hate it all.
I literally just want to be involved with Amphibians, bass guitars, and vomit. That is it.
I literally just want to be involved with Amphibians, bass guitars, and vomit. That is it.
Tuesday, November 22, 2016
Saturday, November 5, 2016
Here lay some residue. Some nasty WartFest wresidue. Something that did not make a cut within the flesh that is WartFest. And because I think of the people and their short attention spans, I plop onto you, Pobblebonk In A Crick.
Four tracks on a white C1 cassette. Yes, a C1 cassette. Now get away from me forever.
Steady Waft Chic
The Queensland's Bonk Stratagem
Limnodynastes In A Crick
Orange In Flank Presence
Monday, October 31, 2016
Furthering my efforts in the hypostatization of a sledgehammer in audial form, I must admit that the hind legs are at it again. Weightless blobs and milky galore. Haven't we been here before? As much as I want the foam to overwhelm me to a point of asphyxiation, I know what must be done. As much as it seems the nests have died and dried up, I know more and more bioglops will parade their fluffy glup.
From the cranialgrape of the worst whisker to exist, Chiro sheds some light on the dark side of Foamage. Chiro's obsession with creating a barm burner of a nest is apparent as it is insignificant.
1. Chiro The Whisker (Chiromantis xerampelina)
Torso Phoamage design by the frothy Gruesome Graphx
This is the third version of the Foam Nest. The other two can be found at these links:
The Foam Nest I (2010)
The Foam Nest II (2015)