"Amphibians" 18 September 2004
Susan Welcome to IWC chat on "Amphibians"
Karthik hello susan
Susan Hi Karthik
Karthik shall we wait for some more people...?
Karthik or else we can start...?
dharma hi there all of u
Susan Let us start. Were you fond of hiding frogs in your pocket as a small boy?
Karthik no susan actually u don't believe as boy i was afraid of 2 things one is lizard and another was frog.
Susan I have been living in Delhi till recently and I do not remember seeing frogs on the roads or near our house......
Susan But after shifting to Gurgaon last month, a little frog came to the house to visit and we all felt excited.
Karthik yaaa now a days they have become a rare creature to be seen...
Susan That is when I decided to read up a little
dharma ya we cant say rare karthik but u know some of the species are getting extinct also
Karthik before as soon as the first drop of rain landed the land.. we could see them on the roads and in the garden too
Susan I believe more than 50% of all amhibians in India are found in W. Ghats
dharma actually i had seen on tv in ngc channel.......
dharma ya thats true susan
Karthik yaa today morning i was going through an website... where i got to know in india study on amphibians is neglected a lot..
Susan Tell us what you saw on NGC
dharma but some species according to researches and by asking the public i mean the tribes of the jungles say the frogs are getting extinct
dharma with out any actual hunting or destroying their habitat
Karthik one more thing what was mentioned there in website was... we know hardly 20% of the total frogs in western ghats
dharma the researchers say they might be getting extinct because of pollution and due to the UV rays coming in
dharma and they also say this might be a warning to the man kind
Susan Their going extinct is sure sign of environ pollution
dharma ya karthik i have seen all kinds of frogs in the western ghats yellow white green mud clour etc etc and i have taken photographs also
Karthik i fear may be before we know them much of them will be extinct
dharma and u know one more thing i have seen frogs in places where the water body is Kms away from that place
Susan We are staring a photogallery Wildscapes.net soon as part of IWC.com.
dharma what do u say abt this Susan
dharma thats gr8 how can we join this .com
Karthik were they toads or frogs...? can u plz differentiate between them susan, dharma
Susan You can send in photographs of amphibians , snakes any wildlife... and we can publish them
dharma ho thats gr8 susan then i'll plan for shooting session shortly
dharma well Karthik i think they were frogs they were small in size and very active
Karthik how can we differentiate between frogs & toads...? Susan; Dharma
dharma according to my Knowledge toads are big in size slower in motion the opposite to the frogs
dharma what do u say susan
Susan Have you seen the quiz on Frogs & toads on the homepage?
Karthik its ok... susan can u list some differnces between frog & toad
Karthik no susan :(
Susan toads lay eggs in large strings
dharma how abt the frogs
Susan Frogs lay eggs in bubble groups
Karthik susan can u tell some visible differences between frog & toad...?
dharma ya hey man Karthik do u remember we had taken a photograph in the wetern ghats a big frog was laying eggs
Susan Visually toads have skins with ridges and blobs all over wheras frogs have moist skins
dharma all bubbled up
Karthik do u mean a smooth structure in case of frogs susan..?
dharma hmm thats a good point Susan tell me some more differences
Susan I am sure you guys can tell me the visual differences better since you have actually seen them in the wild
Karthik yaa we have seen susan but not much observed... susan
dharma Hey, Susan u said we can send photographs to the web how will i send it through mail or by post
Susan Some pics of frogs I have seen ...with smooth and colorful skins almost beautiful esply tree frogs
Karthik Non-native species prey on or compete with native amphibians ---> have u ever come across with this Susan; Dharma...?
Susan You can send them through mail
dharma Hey, Karthik Susan i think i should leave now Susan can i have ur email ID
Susan How are non native species introduced?
Susan Today I really wish we had an expert with us
Susan Shoot your queries anyway I will get them answered
Susan My email is firstname.lastname@example.org Thanks Dharma
Karthik that was the question which is again wandering in my mind susan i just got to know abt Non-native species through this website Amphibiaweb
Karthik which r the other animals which belong to amphibians...? Susan
Susan What is the website .org or .com?
Susan Yeas it is .org and seems like a good site
Karthik this is the website http://elib.cs.berkeley.edu/aw/ -->Susan
dharma thankx for the id i'll try to stay in touch
Susan Amhibians vary from the legless caecilians..
Karthik do turtles & tortoise also belong to amphibians family...?
Susan to salamanders (lizard like)
Susan and newts
Susan No they do not
Karthik tell me something abt Salamanders...?
Karthik Susan u there...?
Susan I believe there is only one species of salamanders in India
Susan in the Eastern Himalayas
Karthik which is that & where do we find them...? Susan
Karthik oh.. ok
Karthik what abt this newts...? how do they look like Susan.. i have not heard abt them...?
Susan Do you have a suggest ion for next month's topic?
Karthik if u can really give some options... i will let u know through mail Susan..?
Susan The pic I have seen of Himalyan newt....
Karthik is that we r the only to chat again next month.. why others r not logging into chat Susan...?
Susan looks like a lizard
Susan Yes I wish others will too.