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Cuban tree frog

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From Facebook/ScienceIsAwesome posted Monday June 18th 2013

The Cuban tree frog, Osteopilus septentrionalis, is an amphibian native to the Caribbean region of the Western Hemisphere. It is the largest tree frog of North America. Its wide diet and ability to thrive amongst humans has made it a highly invasive species with established colonies in northern Florida, the Hawaiian island of Oahu, and thorough the Caribbean Islands.They range in size from 3 to 5.5 in (76 to 140 mm) and vary in color from olive-brown and bronze to gray or grayish-white. A nocturnal, tree-dwelling frog, it is known to eat almost anything that will fit in its mouth and to mate year-round. Their arrival in a new community is believed to be detrimental to local species, and it has been suggested that these frogs be destroyed on sight upon their arrival in new habitats. Cuban tree frogs are commonly available as pets; however, because the animal secretes a toxic mucus from its skin that can cause a burning sensation in the eyes, it is not an ideal pet.

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Bushveld rain frog

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The Bushveld rain frog is found in Southern Africa. When threatened, it puffs itself up to ward off potential attackers.

The frogs are sexually dimorphic, and the male is too small to mount the female properly to reproduce. The white secretion you see on the back of the frog is actually an adhesive that holds the male in place during copulation.

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Photo credit: CapeSnakes posted on https://www.facebook.com/ScienceIsSeriouslyAwesome 7/30/13

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Artificial Flight-closer videos show

Watch these two videos back-to-back. It doesn’t matter in which order — the implications leap out at you either way.

The researchers in the video seem divided on whether they’ve finally equaled nature’s own design, or whether they’ve still got a distance to go in trying to imitate it. I would say, without doubt, they’re a long way from a pelican. Watch that first clip again. Still, their accomplishment is impressive, and it underlines the point of Illustra’s Flight. As Discovery Institute’s Paul Nelson remarks in the film, “If something works, it’s not happening by accident.” No, it’s happening by intelligent design. –

See more at: http://www.evolutionnews.org/2013/06/in_nature_and_l073611.html#sthash.qhRp7ls9.dpuf