Experts Conduct Project To Save Titicaca’s Endangered “Scrotum Frog”

A number of experts in collaboration with wildlife organizations are working towards implementing a plan to protect the “scrotum frog” a threatened and uncommon species. The frogs were nicknamed in this manner for its ability to create many folds and flaps. Nevertheless, experts are expected to arrive from nations like Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia and the US and will specialize in biology, protection and medication of veterinary.

The National History Museum of Bolivia stated that this research will help the scientists understand the threatened species’ territories and will have the chance to analyze the status of its population and eugenics. These species are special as they help specialists survey the ecosystem’s health and other species in its surroundings.

An endangered frog
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The habitats of these frogs are mainly in the Lake Titicaca and surrounding ones and are scientifically termed as Telmatobius Culeus. They are also the largest aquatic frog in the world. They straddle over 3200 square miles across the Peru and Bolivia border over twelve thousand feet above ground sea level. Their loose skin helps form several folds that help them when breathing in highly elevated habitats and flaps.

Lake Titicaca in Bolivia
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These animals are deemed “critically endangered” due to global-heating, destruction of their habitats, over-fishing for human expenditure and intrusive trouts. A decrease of 90% of the population of these frogs was seen during the period from 1994 to 2004.

A man and woman picking up something into the bucket
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However, even though conservationists and authorities show serious worry for these deteriorating species, it’s hard to figure out the exact population of these frogs. They made headlines in 2016 when over 10,000 frogs strangely died. However, according to an investigation carried out, the reason for their death was sewage runoff.

A greyish frog
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This preservation project will be backed and supported by the Peruvian and Bolivian governments. Also, the Denver Zoo, the facility of Global Environmental, and the UNDP will be a part of the support of this study. So, let’s hope for the best.


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