Rare Species found breeding in the Santa Monica Mountains for the first time

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National Park Service researchers found something amazing last week in a stream in the Santa Monica Mountains. They found egg masses of the threatened California Red Legged Frog, Rana draytonii. Why is this amazing? Its the first evidence of the frog breeding in the mountains since scientists have started to trans-locate them to the mountains.

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Before the relocation of the frogs, no California Red legged Frogs have been seen in the Santa Monica Mountains since 1970s. The California Red legged Frogs are faced with habitat lose from urbanization, agriculture, mining, and more.

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