Category Archives: Science

Posts about scientific research. This includes research by Mike Benard, as well as discussions of conferences and published papers.

Recognizing individual salamanders by their belly spots

One of the questions we are investigating in my herpetology lab is whether we can recognize individual salamanders based on the pattern of spots on their bellies. We have been studying a population of smallmouth salamanders (Ambystoma texanum) and unisexual … Continue reading

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Cuban Treefrog comes to Cleveland

A Caribbean frog showed up in Cleveland, Ohio, last week. It was a young Cuban TreeFrog that hitched a ride from Florida in some plant material being shipped to a Cleveland floral shop. Continue reading

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Estimating amphibian abundance by counting egg masses

The unique breeding biology of wood frogs makes it easy for biologists to obtain population estimates. Continue reading

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Salamanders by the sea

Do slender salamanders living close to the ocean tolerate salt water better than slender salamanders from further inland? Continue reading

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The good and the bad of being big

The breeding season is a time of hope and fear for the frogs. Hope that they’ll find a mate, and fear that a predator will find them. Continue reading

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