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Unfroggetable: endangered Bolivian amphibians get long-awaited first date

Associated Free Press in Egypt Independent
April 2, 2019
Category: Froggy Foibles
Region: International

Happily, the first date between Romeo, once the last-known Sehuencas water frog, and Juliet, who was discovered deep inside a Bolivian cloud forest in January, went so well the two have been living together in the male’s aquarium since. …“Romeo has been really sweet to Juliet, following her around the aquarium and sacrificing his worm meals for her,” said Teresa Camacho Badani, chief of herpetology at the Museo de Historia Natural Alcide d’Orbigny in Bolivia… “After he’s been alone for so long, it’s wonderful to see him with a mate finally.” …Romeo hasn’t fully figured out amplexus — the mating position for frogs… Since meeting Juliet, Romeo has also exhibited a behavior water frog experts had not encountered for this species: a performance in which he rapidly twinkles the toes of his back feet, likely intended to impress the female.

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