In Peru, more than 10,000 Titicaca Water Frogs, a “critically endangered” species were found dead near Lake Titicaca located on the border of Peru and Bolivia. These frogs are large, sometimes weighing more than 2 pounds. With big eyes and extra folds of skin, the frogs have the nickname of the “scrotum frog.”
Over-harvesting, exotic trout that eat the frog’s tadpoles, and the destruction of their natural habitat are several reasons for their death, but currently, their deaths in such large numbers is unexplained.
While environmental investigations are beings conducted, sewage runoff, waste, and sludge are thought to be contributing factors to the frog’s death as well. Samples of the water, and information about their habitat conditions is being collected and analyzed.