I thrive in smaller, yet motivated, environments where I am given the opportunity to reach my full potential, which is why I believe TCU would be a perfect fit for me. I am excited by the reputation of passionate and dedicated professors at TCU. I know that my professors at TCU will give their full attention to me and support me whether it be academically or in everyday life. Additionally, I find the TCU spirit captivating. I hope to try out for the TCU Show Girls if I have the honor of becoming a TCU Horned Frog.
The Northern Correboree Frog is an endangered species that is restricted to montane, subalpine woodlands, grassland and heathland 1,000 metres above sea level. The estimated amount of Northern Correboree Frogs is 1000-5000. One of the reasons why the Northern Correboree Frog is endangered is because of climate change. Climate change affects the Northern Correboree Frog because it was predicted that its population would decrease in winter and spring precipitation because, this would make one of the popular breeding habitats (edges of bog pools) very saturated and dry, which makes it hard for the frogs to breed.
"The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County" is by Mark Twain. It tells a story about Jim Smiley, though the narrator was sent to learn about Leonidas W. Smiley. Jim Smiley is known for his risky attitude. He is a gambler that often cheats, he is greedy, and uneducated
Realism is the period in American literature from 1860 to 1890. This movement in writing focused on writing about how things really appeared and how they really were instead of writing in a dark manner. The stories, Life On The Mississippi and The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County written by Mark Twain best represent the realism movement in American literature at this time.
Overall for this change project, we have learned that the population of frogs has been decreasing all over the world. There are many factors that decrease their population like agriculture, invasive species, and the population of humans. Specifically, in California, only 40% of the historical sites in the Northwest area have Foothill Yellow-Legged Frogs, and this has the highest percentage out of all of California. These frogs are indicators for the environment, meaning they can determine if the area around them has changed dramatically due to their permeable skin. For our service project, we removed invasive plants like the Himalayan Blackberries and dug creek beds for the frogs. From this, we were able to improve the levelness of the area
There is a deadly fungus called Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis, Bd for short, that has been wiping out populations of frogs all across the world. Bd has caused dozens of extensions over the past four decades and leaving behind very few survivors. Also in the 1980s the frogs faced a similar problem with this chyrid fungus that wiped out four frog species. However, there are two frogs, the whistling tree frogs and the alpine tree frog, that are doing better than scientists predicted.
The cane toad, also known as rhinella marina, got its bad reputation soon after being released into the Australian ecosystem in 1935 with the expectation that it would control the destructive cane beetle population. However, instead of controlling pests, the cane toad became a pest of its own. About 3,000 cane toads were released in the sugarcane plantations of north Queensland in 1935. There are now more than a million cane toads and their still expanding over an area of thousands of square kilometres in northeastern Australia. They are large, amphibians with dry, warty skin, and are native to the southern United States, Central America, and tropical South America. Their numbers are controllable in their normal range, but they have boomed
Hatchlings are 1 inch long while adults are 8-10 inches long. With this breed, the females are dominant in size than the males. Females begin to hatch eggs when they are 6
The mountain yellow-legged frog is declining due to the introduction of trout, contaminants, increased levels of ultraviolet radiation, and the fungal disease, chytridiomycosis. David Bradford, one of the first witnesses to the decline in the late seventies, noticed the species dropping because of the red-leg disease. Because this is a secondary infection, the frog’s immune system was weakened before the disease became existent. The chytrid fungus was first cited in the Sierra Nevada in 2001, brought here from African clawed frogs, but studies have suggested that the disease has been evident since the mid-‘70s. Nearly three decades later, the mountain yellow-legged frog is still declining. Currently, with a ninety-eight percent decline, there
than usually destroy the environment they are introduced to. Take the cane toad for example; this is an invasive species problem that is currently occurring in the United States. The cane toad (Rhinella marina), is a species that is native to South America, Central America, Mexico, and southwestern Texas. The cane toad began to become introduced in Florida, Hawaii, and even Louisiana. Originally, they were let out around sugar cane plantations in order to eliminate pests that ate the cane. Eventually they “escaped” and people began to keep them as pets and in their backyards. The cane toad preys on and can sometimes compete with native species due to having similar niches. The cane toad also secretes a toxic chemical from its skin, which is extremely poisonous for common household pets, including dogs, cats and birds (Hardman).
The issue I will be raising is one that might not be familiar to all who reside in California and that is primarily focused around the fragmentation and overall mutilation of areas that keep and protect the species Rana Draytonii, otherwise known as the California Red-legged Frog. One of the reasons I raise this issue, is because most importantly “these frogs were named the official state amphibian of California via AB 2364” (Patrick McGreevy.). An even greater reason to discuss this dilemma is because they are limited in their size around the Southernmost California residences, whereas they had previously occupied approximately “70% of its former habitat” according to environmentalists (Campbell.). My goal is to highlight their ecological value to the state and how the California red-legged frog’s value is more significant than the fragmentation and intrusion taking place. These red-legged frogs are currently listed as endangered, but they are vulnerable to human intrusion by means of erecting buildings, projects for road construction, introduction of a non-native species along with habitat fragmentation in areas near where they might usually reside such as near the south Mendocino County and along southern California with populations extending to the Santa Rosa Plateau (Hammerson, Geoffrey). The California red-legged frog has an intrinsic link to
The mating season is year round and once they’re pregnant the, length of gestation is one hundred thirty days to one hundred ninety days. (The gestation for a human is two times longer.) They only have one offspring at birth. After birth the young latch onto the backs of their mother and stay until a year of age.
Recently, an invasive and lilliputian frog has had a detrimental effect on the Hawaiian environment. Originally from Puerto Rico, the amphibian arrived in Hawaii and spread like a plague. Such a small frog cannot have that big of an impact, right? Wrong. The Coqui frog is a damaging invasive species of the Hawaiian islands due to its lack of natural predators and adaptability, dangerous eating habits, and its easy distribution among the state.