Top 100 weirdest amphibians

Posted by Laura Grant on January 22, 2008
Posted in Conservation

There’s that saying: you have to kiss a lot of frogs before you find a prince. But, we shouldn’t be so disparaging about frogs and their amphibian relatives. After all, some of them apparently have been around for about 200-million years, which means they lived about 100-million before the Tyranosaurus Rex appeared. And although they survived whatever wiped out the dinosaurs, they are now in need of help to ensure they continue to survive, according to New Scientist.

The Zoological Society of London in the UK has launched the top 100 list of the world’s weirdest, most wonderful and rarest amphibians. The Table Mountain ghost frog is one of them. (If you’re into frogs or 1,8m-long pink salamanders, there is a link to a gallery of glossy pics in the New Scientist story)

According to Helen Meredith of the Zoological Society: “An alarming 85 percent of the top 100 are receiving little or no conservation attention and will become extinct if action is not taken now.”

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