Frogs and frog enthusiasts have much to celebrate these days. The endangered Lake Titicaca Frog, Telmatobius culeus, has reproduced in captivity, and 6 Haitian frogs, lost to science for decades, have been found.
Lake Titicaca’s Aquatic Giant
The huge, skin-breathing, cold-adapted Lake Titicaca Frog ranks as one of the world’s strangest amphibians. Known only from this lake, which straddles the Peru-Bolivia border at 12,500 feet above sea level, the unique creature is threatened by the food trade and pollution.
I had the good fortune to work with what was, at the time, the only Lake Titicaca Frogs in captivity. Despite nearly 2 decades of trials, I and my co-workers failed to raise the few tadpoles that were produced (please see article below). However, Peru’s Huachipa Zoo, in association with the Denver Zoo, has announced that 5 apparently healthy tadpoles are now being reared. A museum in Bolivia has been successful in breeding a close relative, the equally-rare Water Frog, Telmatobius hintoni. Read More »