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Further Investigations: Amphibians

  1. Prepare a list of all the amphibian species that occur in the area around your school. Use the Internet and school library as resources.
    1. Categorize these species into the major amphibian groups: salamanders, frogs, and caecilians.
    2. Which species occur there naturally and which are non-native?
  2. There are no true marine amphibians alive today. However, there are a few species that can survive in brackish water. Investigate the natural history of one of these species. How have these species adapted to live in salty conditions where other amphibians cannot survive?
  3. Many amphibian populations are currently in decline around the world. Conservation biologists are concerned about a mass extinction event. Use library and Internet resources to investigate the causes of the global amphibian decline and mass extinction.
Exploring Our Fluid Earth, a product of the Curriculum Research & Development Group (CRDG), College of Education. University of Hawaii, 2011. This document may be freely reproduced and distributed for non-profit educational purposes.