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The Ultimate Declining Amphibian Population Quiz
by Staff
There is great debate among scientists about whether the declining population of amphibians. Take our quiz to find out more about what the debate is all about.

What color are the male golden toads in the Moteverde Cloud Forest Preserve in Costa Rica?

  • blue
  • brownish
  • yellow-orange

Where do amphibians usually breed?

  • in water
  • on land
  • under rocks

How many groups of amphibians are there?

  • two
  • three
  • four

How many species of amphibians are there?

  • 400
  • 4000
  • 14000

What is the difference between a frog and a toad?

  • Frogs are larger than toads and have thicker skin.
  • Frogs are smaller than toads and live most of their life out of the water.
  • Frogs have thinner skin and live most of their life in water.

What is the size range of salamanders and newts?

  • 1.2 inches to 63 inches (3 centimeters to 160 centimeters)
  • 10 inches to 20 inches (25 centimeters to 51 centimeters)
  • 80 inches to 120 inches (200 centimeters to 300 centimeters)

To what are caecilians similar?

  • frogs
  • salamanders
  • worms

When was the First World Congress of Herpetology held?

  • 1987
  • 1989
  • 1991

What are the research goals of the Declining Amphibian Population Task Force (DAPTF)?

  • to find out why amphibian populations are declining
  • to determine if amphibian populations are declining because of natural reasons or because of human intervention
  • to determine if amphibian populations are actually declining, what is causing the decline and how it can be prevented

Who was the first to discover abnormalities and malformation in frogs?

  • a group of Minnesota students
  • the founding father of the DAPTIF
  • Morgan O'Brien

What is the name of the fungus that decimated frog populations in Oregon in the 1980s?

  • Saprolegnia
  • Hybrogenia
  • Isingenia

What happens to frogs and toads when there is drought?

  • They die of thirst.
  • Because they lay their eggs in water, a lack of water impairs their ability to reproduce.
  • Their skin hardens and dries out.

How many hectares of wetland were destroyed in the U.S. between 1985 and 1995?

  • 210, 000 (500, 000 acres)
  • 340, 000 (800, 000 acres)
  • 405, 000 (one million acres)

In Wisconsin, how many wetlands were converted into fish farms?

  • 100
  • 1000
  • 7000

In which national park did the introduction of salmon and trout to the streams destroy the native frogs?

  • Yellowstone National Park
  • Yosemite National Park
  • Rocky Mountain National Park

When were bullfrogs introduced to America?

  • the 1800s
  • the early 1900s
  • the 1950s

What was found in the bodies of frogs in the Point Pelee National Park?

  • their own eggs
  • plastic remnants
  • DDT

Where is ultraviolet radiation the strongest?

  • at high altitudes
  • at low altitudes
  • in the southern hemisphere

What impact does the declining amphibian population have on the insect population?

  • insects are facing huge food shortages
  • insect populations are also declining
  • insects are proliferating

What is the ideal amphibian habitat?

  • a series of connected wetlands containing no fish
  • deep water lakes and rivers
  • wetlands containing many species of fish and reptiles