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frog mural

Austin, TX. (Mural: Houston Toads by Louis Masai)

Earth’s largest frog is the West African Goliath who can weigh up to 7 pounds and exceed 12 inches in length, while Paedophryne amanuensis, the world’s smallest known frog (and smallest vertebrate), is found in southeastern New Guinea and grows to only a third of an inch.
Boston, MA. (Sculptures by David Phillips)

Boston, MA. (Sculptures by David Phillips)

According to the Center for Biological Diversity, the existing rate of extinction for amphibians may be as high as 45,474 times the rate of background extinction. Many scientists believe that because amphibians are especially sensitive to the same environmental threats that all living things on Earth face—air pollution, water pollution, habitat destruction, climate change — these creatures should be seen as bellwethers of what is to come if radical actions are not taken to halt and reverse the impact of human behavior on Earth.