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Our New Meat Ant Overlords…

In the 1930s, Australian ecologists shortsightedly introduced the Cane Toad, a species indigenous to South America, to their isolated continent to eat agricultural pests. This famously proved to be a complete disaster with the toxic toads running rampant and native species poisoning themselves when they tried to make snacks of the delicious, dimwitted amphibians. Now…

10 New Amphibians Discovered

Researchers in a remote Colombian jungle have identified 10 new species of amphibian. Keeping with Zooillogix’s official policy, because the creatures are finally known to Western science, now and only now can we all consider them to exist. Scientists from Conservation International and the Ecotropico Foundation explored the mountains in the Tacarcuna area of the…

Not Dead Animals – Weekly Recap

A quick wrap-up of the animals discovered not to be extinct this week: Armoured mistfrog This Armoured Mistfrog, thought by many experts to be extinct due to the recent amphibian chytrid fungus epidemic, was rediscovered by my boss, enterprise search god, Chris Cleveland, while he should have been working, on CNN. And more specifically, in…

Lady, the Toad Sucking Cocker Spaniel

“Toad licking” has been well documented around the world with secretions from many species causing intense hallucinations. In this 2006 NPR podcast, they tell the story of a poor cocker spaniel who became addicted to toad. “We noticed Lady (the cocker) spending an awful lot of time down by the pond in our backyard. Late…

A study of rare African frogs has revealed a form of self-defense hitherto unbeknownst to the scientific world: claws of pure bone that burst through the frogs’ skin. And it gets worse. When the frogs are threatened they need to first “actively break” their own bones in order to create these claws. Don’t make me…

Adorable! Surinam toads of the family Pipidae have a broad, flat shape and leaf-like appearance, but who cares about that…? They embed fertilized eggs in the mother’s back from whence the babies emerge! Adorable? Horrifying? What was your reaction to the movie Alien? Damn… it looks like Pharyngula beat us to the punch. Whatevs… Surinam…

Scientists in Madagascar recently discovered the remains of a giant prehistoric frog, a relative of today’s horned toads, which blew away the previous record for the largest known frog, Bennicus Bleimanicus. Dubbed Beelzebufo, meaning “frog from hell,” the Devil Frog had important differences from today’s frogs. To begin with, it was freakin huge. Susan Evans,…

We know this story has been covered by everyone from LiveScience to Perez Hilton, but we thought we’d do our part as well to promote awareness. Chinese giant salamander….very tasty. An initiative known as EDGE (Excited Dachshunds Grinding with the Elderly) has released its list of unique and critically endangered amphibians, hot on the heels…

Reported last month in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B, a fascinating fossil was discovered in the Saar-Nahe Basin of Southwestern Germany (sounds more like somewhere in Middle-earth than Bavaria to us, but go figure). The fossil(s?) comprises a fish that was eaten by an amphibian which was eaten by a shark. It…

Big Ben the Axolotl

We get a lot of requests to feature friends pets on Zooillogix. Some people just don’t seem to get the fact that their golden retriever does not belong on a site devoted to bizarre zoology (you know who you are Mike Tippet of 2 Third St., Farfield, CT). However, Jennifer’s axolotl, Big Ben, is a…