Is The Frog Population Beginning To Croak?

Is The Frog Population Beginning To Croak?

The frog population across the country and the Mid-South may be croaking.
MEMPHIS, TN (localmemphis.com) - The frog population across the country and the Mid-South may be croaking.

We all love a nice green lawn, lush and thick underfoot. However, what you may not realize is what it takes to get that grass so green and lush gets washed from your backyard into a frog's backyard.

According to Deanna Lance, herpetarium keeper at the Memphis Zoo, "Runoff from fertilizer, herbicide, and pesticide used in people's lawns & gardens are running off into streams and waterways that amphibians are dependant on for their life."

Pesticides are just one side to why amphibian populations are falling. Others include climate change, habitat destruction and pollution.

Lance says the commonly used chemical atrizine has a massive impact.

"It causes reproductive problems with the amphibians when it gets into their water sources, it can also cause some pretty strange mutations, interrupt breeding cycles," she said.

Researchers say the reduction in population is in the neighborhood of 30-40%, enough for you to notice.

"You would see less frogs in the spring during mating times, things like that, you're just going to notice less of them around. You're also going to notice an increase in bugs there."

Deanna sounds pretty pessimistic about the impact of our future use of pesticides, so unless we change our ways, the amphibian population will continue to fall.
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