Year of the Frog (2008)

Frogs are going extinct. So are toads, salamanders, newts, and the intriguingly unusual caecilians. In 2006, the World Conservation Union Global Amphibian Assessment studied the conservation status and distribution of almost 6,000 amphibian species and found that almost one-third of species were threatened with extinction. 165 amphibian species may have already gone extinct. In the Americas, the outlook is even bleaker: 40% of amphibians are threatened, including more than 80% in the Caribbean. These dramatic declines have not yet threatened most amphibians in Texas, but students and researchers want to keep an eye on the future.

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