Frogs Disappearing Faster Than Thought
Federal survey shows scary decline in amphibians
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted May 25, 2013 7:04 AM CDT
A new survey doesn't bode well for amphibians.   (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

(Newser) – Scientists have been worried about the decline in amphibians for years now, and the most comprehensive federal survey of its kind has some bad news: Things are worse than they thought. Researchers from the US Geological Survey found that frogs, salamanders, and amphibians of all kinds are disappearing at an annual average clip of 3.7%, reports Red Orbit. "If the rate observed is representative and remains unchanged, these species would disappear from half of the habitats they currently occupy in about 20 years," says the USGS. The full report is in Plos One.

For species already designated as threatened, the situation is even more dire—they're disappearing at a rate of 11.6%, meaning they could be wiped out in half of their current locales in six years. The findings held true no matter the location in the US, even in national parks and refuges, reports the LA Times. "Amphibians have been a constant presence in our planet's ponds, streams, lakes and rivers for 350 million years or so, surviving countless changes that caused many other groups of animals to go extinct," says the USGS. "This is why the findings of this study are so noteworthy; they demonstrate that the pressures amphibians now face exceed the ability of many of these survivors to cope."

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May 26, 2013 3:15 PM CDT
So we have to wait 20 years before the Coqui frogs in Hilo on the Big Island disappear? I can't wait that long and ear plugs aren't enough to drown out the nightly serenade of ko-KEE. I think Wal-Mart should erradicate the Coqui Frogs since it is their potted plant shipments from Puerto Rico that brought the little buggers to Paradise.
May 26, 2013 12:29 PM CDT
Says of the two people that read Plos One.
May 26, 2013 12:03 PM CDT
my ex gf eats frogs!