We happened to retweet a petition on Comets Corners Twitter the other day asking to help save the frogs, which have been in decline for some years now, and one person’s response was ‘Frogs? Why frogs??’ – as if frogs are not worth saving, unlike African rhinos or petitioning against BSL (Breed Specific Legislation).
Frogs have been in major decline since the 1950’s, due to climate change, pesticides, pollution, loss of habitat, and being over-harvested as a food source and for experiment uses, amongst other reasons. Since the 70’s nearly 200 species of frog have become extinct.
So, why should we care?
Aside from the fact that frogs are cute and adorable, there are several reasons why we should all worry about the decline of the humble frog.
Frogs are an important part of the food chain, feeding on insects including disease carriers such as mosquitos, their tadpoles also help to cleanse waterways naturally. In turn they make a very important food source themselves to fish, birds, reptiles and even primates. Without frogs, there would be a significant upset in the natural order of the food chain, many species might die off themselves without their food source and there would also be an explosion of those disease-laden insects that aren’t being eaten by the frogs & tadpoles, causing an outbreak of malaria for example.
The fact that frogs are in decline shows that all is not well in our ecosystem, for if their habitat were optimum they would be proliferating not dying out. This is very worrying for the rest of us, because if frogs are dying due to climate change, pollution and loss of habitat, where does it all lead and how does that impact on the human race?
Frogs are also important to us in ways that benefit us medically. Their skin secretions contain many compounds which can help or cure many illnesses and diseases, such as high-strength painkillers, blood-pressure reduction and even one that can block the transmission of HIV, leading to a possible cure.
How can we help?
A few simple measures can be taken to ensure we’re doing our bit to help stop the decline of these little creatures, so important to us and the ecosystem as a whole in many ways.
– Don’t use pesticides
– Don’t eat frogs!
– Don’t buy wild-caught amphibians, only purchase captive bred specimens from a reputable breeder. Plus do not buy any breeds that are listed as Vulnerable, Critically Endangered or Endangered, always check first!
– Drive careful on wet roads at night, frogs & toads are slower at crossing so please try to avoid hitting them with your car!
– Don’t dissect frogs, this is a very unnecessary practice which is only contributing to frog endangerment. Save The Frogs recommends switching to software such as Digital Frog 2.5
The Save The Frogs website also has lots of information on how and why amphibians are in decline, and what you can do to help. Visit them here.
You can also sign the Care2 petition here and share it amongst your friends & family – remember, education is the way forward, simply sharing the information highlights it to more and more people around the world. !
Please visit our online pet accessories store Comets Corners for more details on how we – and you – can help! For every sale we make, at least 10% of our proceeds goes to our chosen animal welfare charity or organisation of the month!
And please, show your support for our cause by ‘Liking’ our new Facebook Page!
- Killer parasite puts rare frogs in peril (envirorhi.wordpress.com)
- Frogs & Toads, a Gardeners Friendly Neighbor (ahealthylifeforme.com)
- Frog Pond Nears Completion in Time for Save the Frogs Day (fox4kc.com)