Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

Are tree frogs spreading lungworm?

Scientists say common green tree frogs may be spreading lungworm.

Photo by Rod Hartvigsen

Photo by Rod Hartvigsen

They have an immune system that can handle the parasite, but may be carrying it from one species to another.

Lungworm is fatal to cane toads (which can’t climb) to magnificent common green tree frogsĀ (which spend little time on the ground).

Prof Rick Shine says magnificent green tree frogs living in remote areas, which cane toads don’t like, will probably survive.

Science Network WA [read this story]

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