Where would we be without frogs? There'd be no Kermit, no ribbiting (which is right up there with meowing and barking, really), no token amphibian for dissecting, and no slimy creature to pee on your hand when you fish it out of a creek bed. But seriously—frogs are in trouble.
Over the last couple decades, amphibian populations have been steadily declining. Many are not only concerned for the sake of the frogs, but for the sake of biodiversity in general: as is just about always the case, as frog populations decline, the health of entire ecosystems do as well.
But there's good news: we can help save them. Here are seven easy ways that you can do your part to save frogs, suggested by the Save the Frogs organization.
1. Don't Use Pesticides
Much of the pesticides we use to treat our lawn and gardens end up in whttp://cm.howstuffworks.com/list-template.php?step2aterways—favorite hangouts of amphibians. Their permeable skin makes them extra susceptible to the toxic threat.
2. Do Not Eat Frog Legs
Even if you consider them a delicacy, as many Europeans do, steer away from frog legs. Europeans alone consumed around 120 million frogs for food in the last decade—and worse, the amphibian-for-food trade is highly unregulated, so they're almost certainly not being sustainably caught.
3. Brake for Frogs
It's predicted that hundreds of millions of frogs end up as roadkill every year—so keep your eyes peeled and drive slowly, especially after or during rain.
4. Don't Buy Wild Bought Amphibians Some 20 million wild caught amphibians are caught and sold for the highly unregulated pet trade every year, so make sure your would-be pet was raised, not caught by asking the pet store owner about frogs' backgrounds. If they don't know, move on. 5. Keep Non-Native Fish Out of Your Pond Fish are one of frogs' worst enemies: they feed on their eggs. But they've evolved to strike a balance with those they share a natural habitat with. So don't throw the natural ecosystem out of sync by adding a non-native fish to your pond—some nonnative trout have decimated frog populations across the US. 6. Properly Dispose of Batteries The toxic materials they contain can be lethal to frogs, so don't carelessly throw them out. Better yet, recycle them. 7. Conserve Water Your tap water most likely comes from a body of water that frogs call home—limit your water use and make sure there's plenty of it to go around.