Frogs hop away from deadly disease

Some amphibians may have found a way to survive devastating and fatal infections: just hop away.

The Armoured Mist frog had not been seen for 17 years but was rediscovered in 2008 by a group of researchers working in far north Queensland. Before the rediscovery, it was believed the frog had been wiped out by outbreaks of a fungus-driven infection called Chytridiomycosis.

The Armoured Mist frogs used to live in wet, cool tropical rainforests but the newly discovered frogs were found in a drier area. Researchers believe the frogs left the cool rainforest and that the dry, warm conditions of their new home helped to slow the development of Chyrtridiomycosis.

Read more at James Cook University