Phone a frog!
We all know that climate change and loss of habitat are a threat to the existence of frogs.
But now scientists have developed a novel way to keep tabs on them in the wild — a “Frogphone.”
The FrogPhone is the world’s first solar-powered remote survey device, relaying real-time data about the study site and its occupants to scientists.
Researchers anywhere can phone up the device which, for example, will relay the sound of frogs calling directly to the user’s cellphone, allowing them to identify different species.
The device with its current microphone can detect calling frogs from a 100-150 metres (310-470 feet) radius.
It will allow to monitor the local frog population with more frequency and ease, which is significant as frog species are widely recognised as indicators of environmental health.
A frog completely sheds its skin about once a week. After it pulls off the old, dead skin, the frog usually eats it.