Endangered Frogs and Toads of the US

Endangered Frogs and Toads Found in the United States

llanerocoqui

The Llanero Coqui (Eleutherodactylus juanariveroi)is found in Puerto Rico. Puerto Rico is known for its Coqui frogs and this species is the smallest. Habitat lose, pollution, and climate change are all factors in making the Llanero Coqui endangered. They also have low reproductive output, only around 3-5 eggs per reproductive episode which also hurts its chances of surviving.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

The Dusky Gopher Frog / Mississippi Gopher Frog (Lithobates sevosa) is found only in one ponds in Mississippi. It is estimated that there’s less than 250 frogs left. Habitat lose specifically old growth pine forests and the decrease in numbers of Gopher Tortoises are responsible for the frog being listed as endangered.

mtnyellowleggedfrog

The Mountain Yellow-legged Frog (Lithobates muscosa)is found in California. Invasive fish such as trout, Chytrid fungus, and livestock grazing has contributed to the decline of the Mountain Yellow-legged Frog.

sierranevadayellowleggedfrog

Sierra Nevada Yellow-legged Frog (Lithobates sierrae) is endemic to the Sierra Nevada Mountains in California and Nevada. It faces the same threats as the Mountain Yellow-legged Frog.

wyomingtoad

Wyoming Toad or Baxter’s Toad (Anaxyrus baxteri) is an extremely endangered frog. Its classified been classified as extinct in the wild since 1991. It’s found in Wyoming as the name suggests. Captive breeding of the toad has kept them alive in zoos and they have been reintroduced to the wild but chytrid fungus keeps killing them.

arroyotoad

The Arroyo Toad (Anaxyrus californicus)is found in California and Baja Mexico. The most important threats to the toad are human based such as construction of roads, mining, grazing by livestock, off road vehicle use, and agriculture. Other threats include invasive species such as American Bullfrogs, drought, wildfires, and light and noise pollution,

houstontoad

The Houston toad (Anaxyrus baxteri) is native to Texas. Habitat lose, pollution, and drought have decreased the toads numbers. Captive breeding programs have been releasing toads back into the wild to help increase their numbers.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s