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Extinct frog brought back to life: Lazarus Project named one of 2013 best inventions

Lazarus project attempted to resurrect a species of frog that gave birth out of its mouth

Frog photobombs Nasa rocket launch with one giant leap for frogkind

A leaping frog might be a sight more suited to pastoral ponds than rocket launches but from spawn to space, this ambitious amphibian ambushed a Nasa mission earlier this week.

Photo of a male Gardiner's Frog (S. Gardineri) taken in its natural habitat of the Seychelles Islands

I’m all mouth: how 1cm-long Gardiner’s frog gets by without a middle ear

It sounds like a riddle devised by Rudyard Kipling: how can the tiny Gardiner’s frog of the Seychelles hear sounds without the benefit of a middle ear?

Bad newts for some as shopping centre is delayed

Construction on a major new £90m shopping centre in York has been delayed due to a rapidly increasing population of breeding newts.

The Panamanian golden frog, not seen in the wild since 2008

Frantic fight to save frogs from killer fungus

Hundreds of species face extinction unless scientists' amphibian arks can save them

Snakes in a park! (And other unlikely UK sights)

A colony of reptiles from Europe has set up home in a corner of north London. They're not the only exotic species to have moved in

Endangered frogs breed in London Zoo

Rare frogs airlifted from a Caribbean island to save them from a rapidly spreading fatal disease have bred for the first time at London Zoo.

Bad weather sees wildlife struggle

This year's bad weather has proved “almost apocalyptic” for much of the UK's wildlife, the National Trust warned today.

Frog found in supermarket asparagus

A couple had a surprise when they found a tree frog nestling in some asparagus tips they bought in a supermarket.

Granular poison frog (Oophaga granulifera) Listed as vulnerable on the Red List of Threatened Species, mainly because its severely fragmented range covers an area of less than 20,000 sqkm in Costa Rica and Panama, and is getting smaller due to farming, logging and human settlements

Amphibians face faster demise from multiple threats

Many of the world's amphibians are likely to go extinct faster than expected because of a combination of environmental threats working in unison, a study has found.

Granular poison frog (Oophaga granulifera) Listed as vulnerable on the Red List of Threatened Species, mainly because its severely fragmented range covers an area of less than 20,000 sqkm in Costa Rica and Panama, and is getting smaller due to farming, logging and human settlements

Amphibians face raised extinction threat

Many of the world's amphibians, which include frogs, toads, newts and salamanders, could die out faster than expected this century, a study has found.

Scientists discover toad species last seen in 1924

Scientists scouring the mountains of Borneo have found a toad species last seen in 1924 by European explorers and thought to be extinct.

It's Wind in the Willows Part II

Radio 4 is to broadcast a sequel to the children's classic The Wind in the Willows. A Change in the Willows, by Ian Buchan, will star Stephen Mangan as Toad, Andrew Sachs as Badger, Tim McInnerny as Toad and Julian Rhind-Tutt as Ratty.

Midwife toads under attack from deadly fungal disease

A rare species of toad in the French Pyrenees is the latest variety of amphibian to be threatened by a deadly fungal infection that scientists have so far been unable to cure.

Migrating toads to disrupt Bundesliga game

Migrating toads will force thousands of Freiburg fans to find a different way home when they leave their stadium after Saturday's Bundesliga game against VfL Wolfsburg.

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Ashes 2015: Test series looks a lost cause for England... whoever takes over as ECB director of cricket

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