Frogs to Be Wiped out by 2033? Study Predicts Imminent End of Amphibians

Frogs to Be Wiped out by 2033? Study Predicts Imminent End of AmphibiansA new study by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) says that frogs, toads and salamanders are in severe decline, knocking off at a rate of 3.7 percent a year. The news is worse for amphibians already listed as endangered species. They could become extinct in just six years.

Even in areas that are considered “pristine” and protected, the amphibian decline is pronounced, indicating that current environmental protections may not be enough.

A study published by Oregon State University researches the amphibian decline and includes a long list of factors, including “natural forces such as competition, predation, reproduction and disease, as well as human-induced stresses such as habitat destruction, environmental contamination, invasive species and climate change.”

Biologists believe that amphibian sensitivity to environmental changes is partly due to their permeable skin. The skin makes them susceptible to environmental problems both on land and in water, essentially doubling their exposure to any environmental stress.

Amphibians aren’t the only animals caught on a downward slide. Snakes, mammals and birds are also on the list.

Biologists fear that losses of animal species will deeply and negatively impact the ecosystem. For example, amphibians offer great pest control in addition to being the ideal meal for certain predators. Their absence from the food chain could have profound ecological effects.

Try these:

Men on Mars? Maybe, If They Survive the Journey
CDC: 25% of Heart Disease Deaths Preventable with Simple Lifestyle Changes
Higher Male Suicide Rates Attributed to Economic Crisis, Study Finds
Artificial human Heart Could Go Global by 2015
Black Friday Bargain Buyers Beware – 90% of Deals Dubbed Deceptive
Marijuana-Moobs – Surgeon Warns Male Weed Smokers of Gynecomastia Risk
America’s First and Only ‘Cuddle House’ Closes its Doors – Lawyers Fear Front for Prostitution
Higher Vitamin D Levels During Pregnancy Makes for Stronger Babies, Study Finds
Debate: Should Smoking In Cars Carrying Kids be Illegal?
Blood Test on Fat Storage Gene Predicts Obesity Risk in Kids as Young as Five
Cat-Sized Rats Immune to Conventional Poison Plaguing the UK
Candy Kills Canines - Pet Charities Warn Easter Revelers: Chocolate is Not for Dogs!
Booze Ain’t Bad – Expert Insists A Bottle A Day Won’t Hurt You
Ibuprofen Proves Effective in Slowing the Aging Process of Laboratory Mice – Human Trials to Follow
Most Parents Blind to Kids’ Weight Problems, Study Suggests
Study: A Steady Walk Every Day Increases Breast Cancer Survival Rates 40%
Study: Gym Bunnies’ Booze Habits Directly Linked with Workout Patterns
Study: Happy Sweat Can 'Infuse' Positivity in Those Smelling It
Kermit the Frog's Doppelganger Lives in Costa Rica's Rainforests
Study: Lack Of Trust Makes Women No Less Attractive to Men