Endangered frogs refrigerated to spur breeding

Frogs at the San Deigo zoo are being put into refrigerators! This is in an effort to encourage breeding. According to the article “The cold temperatures mimic high-elevation winter conditions that cause the frogs to hibernate. Typically, mountain yellow-legged frogs display mating behaviors after emerging from hibernation”

endangered frog on a rock

These frogs are an endangered species. Recenlty, a small population was found living in a California National Forest.

By placing them in the refigerator, zoologists are making the frogs enter hibrination. When the awaken, they should be in the ‘breeding mood’. These frogs can lay up to 200 eggs! Frogs are expected to be returned to their natural habitat after breeding.

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