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Frogs Found Living in Elephant Dung

by amanda on June 13, 2009 · 0 comments

in misc

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.

The dung is suspected to help keep the frogs moist during the arid parts of the year. Elephant dung is fibrous, provides good shelter and full of invertebrates for the frogs to eat.

He also studied the dung and found all sorts of invertebrates living in it. Apparently, elephants provide for a host of animals to live.

This isn’t good news, considering the declining populations of elephants. We would not only lose one of the largest mammals, but we’d also likely lose some of the tiny creatures they provide homes for.

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