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Frogs species discovered living in elephant dung

rhettb (1067382) writes | more than 4 years ago

Idle 2

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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Science is a cruel mistress (1)

docbrody (1159409) | more than 4 years ago | (#28302615)

If you never read the articles on Slashdot, read this one. Best line:

Campos-Arceiz examined 290 elephant dung piles and found six frog individuals in five dung piles

Re:Science is a cruel mistress (1)

homer30 (1575571) | more than 4 years ago | (#28313451)

Good advice. I also liked this line: "While Campos-Arceiz is uncertain why the frogs were residing in the elephant dung, he speculates that 'elephant dung provides a good shelter.'"
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