The World of Amphibians

Red Salamander6,487 – Number of amphibian species as of May 21, 2009

5,732 – Number of frogs and toads, which is 88% of known amphibian species

579 – Number of newts and salamanders, which makes up 9% of known amphibians

176 – Number of caecilians, or roughly 3% of total known amphibian species

60% – Percent of increase in recognized species since 1985

811 – Frog species described in Brazil as of January 2009

292 – Frog species found in the United States

180cm – Length from head to tail of the largest amphibian, the Chinese Giant Salamander

151cm – Length of the largest caecilian

11cm – Length of the smallest caecilian

10cm – Length of the smallest frog

Data:  AmphibiaWeb 2009, IUCN 2009

About The Author

Scott serves as Director of Development & Communications for Audubon Canyon Ranch (focusing on preservation, education and conservation science) and has almost fifteen years of experience spanning for-profit and nonprofit sectors in biotech, wildlife conservation and management, communications, and philanthropy. In addition to a strong track record in organizational growth and leadership, he is the founder of Urban Bird Foundation and Burrowing Owl Conservation Network, and presided over ECHO Fund, a coastal protection and restoration organization, as President for four years. Scott holds an M.A. in Environmental Studies with a concentration in Sustainable Development and Policy, degrees in Micro & Molecular Biology and Environmental Sciences, and has complemented his studies with a Master's certificate in Environmental Resource Management.

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