Frogs and toads are important indicators of the health of our ecosystems. The Two…

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Frogs and toads are important indicators of the health of our ecosystems. The Two…

Frogs and toads are important indicators of the health of our ecosystems. The Two Oceans Aquarium in Cape Town is celebrating these amphibious creatures this coming Water Week to highlight that whatever happens on land impacts the oceans. Frogs breathe through their skins and are highly susceptible to toxins and poisons in water and air. Experts say the world is losing frog species at an alarming rate. Frogs and toads also play a vital role in keeping eco systems in balance. Aquarist Ayrton King says, “If you take frogs out of the ecosystem you lose a food source like your owl species, your snake species and if you lose them out of the ecosystem, there is no predator for things like mosquitos and your various insect species. So, if they disappear, you will see a complete turnover in the ecosystem and we are going to see a complete imbalance. You are going to see a lot more flies around, a lot more mosquitos that carry things like malaria.”

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