Amphibians declining in the U.S., report says

Reg-legged frog

By Julie Cart
May 24, 2013
Los Angeles Times

Amphibians are disappearing in the United States at an unexpectedly brisk pace. More disturbing, according to a report this week from the U.S. Geological Survey, the more rare the species of toad, frog or salamander, the higher the risk of decline.

The author's sobering conclusion: “This analysis suggests that amphibian declines may be more widespread and severe than previously realized.”

The study found that on average, populations of amphibians vanished at a rate of 3.7 percent each year. At that rate, those species would disappear from half their current habitats in about 20 years.

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