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Last update January 1, 2014


...though the boys throw stones at frogs in sport, yet the frogs do not die in sport but in earnest. - Plutarch


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One of the cool things about studying zoology is that there are always new things -- new species and old, and new ways of looking at things we once took for granted as science and technology gives us new tools. Get on the bulletins mailing for the Center for North American Herpetology (CNAH) and get the latest on new findings and changes, such as the reclassification of some New World anura.

If you are looking for information on species other than those listed here, please check the sites in the Resources section, or join and post questions to the amphibian email lists or the forums . The Researching Herp Information article has additional general suggestions for doing herp research.



Frogs and Toads
African Bullfrogs - Gampper
African Clawed Frogs - Gampper
Chinese Fire-Bellied Toads - Plesner
Frog & Toad Care Articles - Staniszewski
Green Tree Frogs - Matta
Leopard Frogs - Gampper

Ornate Horned Frogs - Kaplan
Ornate Horned Frogs - Breeding - Wegner
White's Tree Frogs - Frogland


Salamanders and Newts
Basic Overview of Salamanders/Newts - Kaplan
Salamander & Newt Care Articles - Staniszewski


Amphibian Care Information Websites
Amphibian Diseases
Swantje and Sven's Herps


Health and Captivity-Related Concerns
Amphibian Pain and Analgesia.
Tail, Limb, Digit and Skin Autotomy


Natural History and Conservation
Amphibian Species of the World: An Online Reference
Amphibians: A Conservation Moment
AmphibiaWeb - Declining Populations
Amphibian Embryology Tutorial
Animal Diversity Web: Class Lissamphibia
Biological Warfare for the Garden
Checklist & Identification Guide to North American Amphibians
Exotic Pets Blamed for Frogs' Demise
Exploratorium: Frogs
Frog Population Declines Continue
Froglife (UK)
Frogs Feel The Heat
Major fossil find reveals Asian origins of salamanders
Skin Chemistry: Poison frogs upgrade toxins from prey
Sounds of North American Frogs
Virtual Exhibit: Canadian Amphibians
Whose Tadpole Is It? Waterproof Field Guide to Central European Amphibians
More on declining amphibian populations...


Virtual Frog Dissection Sites
Virtual Frog Dissection (McGraw Hill Virtual Lab)
Virtual Frog Dissection Kit (free online dissection from Lawrence Berkeley National Lab)

The following sites include photos and videos of an actual frog dissection:
Frog Dissection Lab (Osseo-Fairchild K-12 School District)
Net Frog (University of Virginia)


For Serious Amphibian Keepers...
Amphibian Medicine and Captive Husbandry, edited by Kevin M. Wright & Brent R. Whitaker. Krieger Publishing, Melbourne FL. 2001. 570 pp. Krieger; Amazon: CA,   UK,  US; Barnes & Noble;


Please note...
I am by no means an expert on amphibians. Compared to many people out there, I'm barely scratching the surface of all there is to know about their biology, natural history and captive care. So, please, do your amphibs a favor and post your questions in's Herp Forum or the many amphibian email lists available on the 'net.

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