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Frog Species Discovered Living In Elephant Dung

samzenpus posted more than 5 years ago | from the I've-lived-in-worse-places dept.

Science 56

rhettb writes "Three different species of frogs have been discovered living in the dung of the Asian elephant in southeastern Sri Lanka. The discovery — the first time anyone has recorded frogs living in elephant droppings — has widespread conservation implications both for frogs and Asian elephants, which are in decline. Apparently the frogs feed on the many invertebrates present in elephant dung."

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hrmm (1)

Jesterace (914041) | more than 5 years ago | (#28315391)

All Hail our amphibious elephant dung eating overlords.

Re:hrmm (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28315479)

That's less scary than "All Hail our amphibious elephant eating dung overlords".

Re:hrmm (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28315779)

Is there an option to block these fucking gay ass story pictures?

Re:hrmm (1)

Shikaku (1129753) | more than 5 years ago | (#28316251)

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Re:hrmm (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28317223)

thanks for the tip. Too bad we need hacks and such just to make slashdot readable.

Re:hrmm (2, Funny)

Mordok-DestroyerOfWo (1000167) | more than 5 years ago | (#28316009)

All glory to the Hypnotoad

Re:hrmm (1)

Joebert (946227) | more than 5 years ago | (#28325969)

All glory to the Hypnoturd

Fixed that for you.

Re:hrmm (1)

Goldberg's Pants (139800) | more than 5 years ago | (#28316873)

Shit!

Oh! (5, Funny)

Rene S. Hollan (1943) | more than 5 years ago | (#28315433)

So, it's not, "Oh, shit!" but rather "Oh! Shit."

Re:Oh! (1)

Jeff DeMaagd (2015) | more than 5 years ago | (#28315677)

Also, some of it is bull shit, not bullshit.

Re:Oh! (2, Funny)

PopeAlien (164869) | more than 5 years ago | (#28315819)

Frogs Species Discovered Living In Elephant Dung

You call that living? ..and now to top it all off they have to deal with paparazzi? What a crappy deal.

the first time anyone has recorded frogs living in elephant droppings

There could be a reason for that...

frogs and Asian elephants, which are in decline.

So they're BOTH in deep shit?

Re:Oh! (1)

drinkypoo (153816) | more than 5 years ago | (#28316255)

the first time anyone has recorded frogs living in elephant droppings

There could be a reason for that...

I guarantee you that the feces of the Asian Elephant has been studied somewhat intensively, at least on occasion. Apparently, however, it has not also been studied repeatedly... and in situ.

Re:Oh! (3, Interesting)

genner (694963) | more than 5 years ago | (#28316683)

Frogs Species Discovered Living In Elephant Dung

You call that living? ..and now to top it all off they have to deal with paparazzi? What a crappy deal.

the first time anyone has recorded frogs living in elephant droppings

There could be a reason for that...

frogs and Asian elephants, which are in decline.

So they're BOTH in deep shit?

No actually, the shit is declining too. It should be much deeper.

Re:Oh! (4, Funny)

Mr2cents (323101) | more than 5 years ago | (#28315911)

Reincarnation has created a special place for the neo-conservatives..

What a shitty house to live in! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28315441)

*duck*

Oblig Joke (5, Funny)

russlar (1122455) | more than 5 years ago | (#28315487)

Two frogs meet at a bar. One asks the other "Is this stool taken?"

Re:Oblig Joke (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28315603)

I'm sure your girlfriend found this sooo funny.

Re:Oblig Joke (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28315763)

You found his girlfriend? Funny.

Re:Oblig Joke (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28316037)

Excuse me, is this Anonymous Coward taken?

Re:Oblig Joke (3, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28316115)

Anonymous Coward? Looking above, I see the name 'Anonymous Cowardon'. The coders seem to have missed a space after the variable.

Re:Oblig Joke (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28317713)

Hah, that old Anonymous Cowardon always having conversations with himself. So many people fall for it too.

Re:Oblig Joke (1)

russlar (1122455) | more than 5 years ago | (#28316851)

I'm sure your girlfriend found this sooo funny.

Girlfriend? I'm on /., you insensitive clod!

one word (1)

arnodf (1310501) | more than 5 years ago | (#28315537)

yummie

The Mexican Staring Frog of Southern Sri Lanka? (1)

atari2600 (545988) | more than 5 years ago | (#28315549)

Someone had to mention it [southparkstudios.com] .

Well . . . (1)

arizwebfoot (1228544) | more than 5 years ago | (#28315561)

Dung Toad It All Anyway!!!! This is just a mess. There goes the neighborhood.

Next you'll have cats and dogs living together.

Oh, wait . . .

Oblig. (4, Funny)

owlnation (858981) | more than 5 years ago | (#28315593)

All hail the Coprotoad.

A Fable: The Frog and the Elephant (5, Funny)

Tackhead (54550) | more than 5 years ago | (#28315621)

Once upon a time, there was a little frog who lived at the zoo.

One spring morning, the little frog was hopping through the elephant exhibit, but a bout of freezing rain had made the cage all slippery, and the little frog found himself buried up to his neck in ice.

Stuck in the ice and slowly freezing to death, the little frog looked up, just an instant before the elephant shat all over him. "Ribbit! Elephant, you bastard! You just shat all over me!", croaked the little frog.

But the elephant dung was warm and kept the little frog alive, not only melting the ice, but also attracting the flies, and the frog ate his fill. "Ribbit! We're cool, Elephant! Thanks for the warm dung and the tasty flies!", croaked the little frog.

A Canada Goose, returning home from a winter in the south, heard the commotion, and swooped down next to the little frog. It used its bill to carefully clear away all of the elephant dung, and then gently picked the little frog up out of the pile of elephant poop.

And then the goose ate him alive.

Moral of the story:

1) Everyone who shits on you is not necessarily your enemy.
2) Everyone who digs you out of shit is not necessarily your friend.
3) If you're warm and happy in a pile of shit, keep your big mouth shut!

- after The Sparrow

Re:A Fable: The Frog and the Elephant (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28316103)

Also used in the movie "My name is nobody"

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0070215/quotes

Jack Beauregard: Folks that throw dirt on you aren't always trying to hurt you, and folks that pull you out of a jam aren't always trying to help you. But the main point is when you're up to your nose in shit, keep your mouth shut.

Re:A Fable: The Frog and the Elephant (1)

Savage-Rabbit (308260) | more than 5 years ago | (#28316789)

3) If you're warm and happy in a pile of shit, keep your big mouth shut!

That's what all of Walls Street thought ... next thing they knew their warm pile of shit blew up in their faces.

Re:A Fable: The Frog and the Elephant (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28317467)

I'm all for bashing Wall Street when the opportunity presents itself, but this one was a stretch. Better luck next time, Casey.

Go for the big one (5, Funny)

Maniacal (12626) | more than 5 years ago | (#28315667)

If your going to pick a pile of shit to live in, why not go for the mansion.

Re:Go for the big one (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28316221)

It's not the size of the dungpile you live in, it's the smell and texture that counts.

Who gives a crap? (1)

northernboy (661897) | more than 5 years ago | (#28315679)

I mean really. They're frogs. Possibly their aesthetics are slightly different from ours?

Re:Who gives a crap? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28315961)

the elephants give the crap.

No, no, no... (1)

denzacar (181829) | more than 5 years ago | (#28316333)

The elephants DONATE the crap. Frogs "give a crap" about the donated crap.

There, I believe that clears up that question. Next?

Dung story next to "World Copyright Summit" story. (4, Funny)

moon3 (1530265) | more than 5 years ago | (#28315711)

Is this suppose to be symbolic ?

Be good in this life or... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28315969)

...in the next you'll wake up in a world of shit!

I call naming it (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28315975)

Poop Frog.

or Asian Poop Frog.

Parallels to academia (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28316057)

This is not unlike the life of a grad student.

when they find parasitical vampire frogs (1)

circletimessquare (444983) | more than 5 years ago | (#28316067)

swimming around in a living elephant's circulatory system, then i'll be impressed

but as they say in alabama: "a frog in shit ain't nothing but a frog in shit", or something to that effect

In related news... (2, Insightful)

Maniacal (12626) | more than 5 years ago | (#28316091)

...scientists announced today the discovery of 3 species of frogs that have no nostrils

Frogs in Dung Houses? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28316201)

I thought it was a story about French hippies. Mon Dieu!

I smell an Ignoble (1)

smchris (464899) | more than 5 years ago | (#28316243)

"Because it's there." A reminder that you never ask a scientist "why?"

Elephant says to frog: (2, Funny)

NF6X (725054) | more than 5 years ago | (#28316289)

Wipe that shit-eating grin off your face.

bongo bongo boogie (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28316359)

nigger planet

who gives a crap (1)

reidiq (1434945) | more than 5 years ago | (#28316443)

I call bullshit. Well, Elephantshit.

The headline alone... (1)

AlphaOne (209575) | more than 5 years ago | (#28316869)

...describes my employer pretty accurately.

Wow... (1)

db32 (862117) | more than 5 years ago | (#28317599)

What a shitty place to live...

Story summary (2, Funny)

pedantic bore (740196) | more than 5 years ago | (#28318115)

Any animal whose existence depends on that of the asian elephant is in deep shit.

Marine World Poop (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28318391)

I was splattered with elephant poop at marine world... I wonder if this is where the mystery frogs came from in a friend's backyard some years later after spreading manure in a garden. They closely resembled these frogs but quickly died after growing to full size.

Frogs? That's nothing! For your information... (1)

Klistvud (1574615) | more than 5 years ago | (#28318409)

... there's a -- quite widespread -- subspecies of HUMANS actually living up their bosses' asses...

Don't eat shit (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28319883)

and die.

Dont look at it! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28320839)

omg!, they found the Mexican staring frog of southern Sri Lanka.

Bright Idea? (2, Interesting)

awarrenfells (1289658) | more than 5 years ago | (#28321199)

So, I want to know who thought it was a good idea to go digging through Elephant dung in the first place? I mean, sure they lucked out and found a new species, but what were they really expecting to find? What are you looking for when you go digging through a big steaming pile of elephant dung.

"Oh, hey! Frogs! Ok, now who is gonna pick them out.?" :P

Re:Bright Idea? (1)

Taibhsear (1286214) | more than 5 years ago | (#28335433)

What are you looking for when you go digging through a big steaming pile of elephant dung.

The wristwatch you lost while taking the elephant's temperature?

Blame (1)

Joebert (946227) | more than 5 years ago | (#28326045)

Elephant A: *fart*
Elephant A: Damn frogs
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