Photo courtesy of Dr. Vance Vredenburg

Mountain yellow-legged frogs used to be bountiful, hopping out from under hikers feet anywhere there was water. Now they’re critically endangered by both non-native predators and a deadly fungal disease that's killed over a third of the world’s amphibian species.

Commentary: Plague of frogs

May 23, 2013
Under CC license from Flickr user Gregory Moine

Science loves a frog. And why not? They're easily disassembled, they produce large numbers of transparent embryos, and they walk  goofy.

But our dissectable friends aren’t doing so well. Scientists have also noted that amphibian extinction rates appear to be anywhere from hundreds to tens of thousands of times higher than usual.