Why Frogs Matter

Frogs are extremely beneficial to humans. Firstly, frogs act as natural bug catchers preying heavily on a number of pests and parasites including mosquitoes and ticks. This is extremely important to people, as the frogs help reduce the spread of diseases like West Nile, Zika Virus, Lyme Disease, and Malaria.

Frogs also helps keep wetlands and forests in a healthy state. This benefits people, as wetlands act as natural protection against both floods and droughts. Vital oxygen is produced en-mass by forests, and many medications they humans rely on are made from the plants found within these regions.

By preying heavily on invertebrates, frogs are also helping to reduce the impacts of global warming. According to ScienceCodex.com, global warming occurs when greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide are released into the atmosphere. Frogs help capture of this carbon before it is released by feeding on invertebrates (beetles, earthworms, snails, ants, etc.) that would otherwise release carbon through the consumption of fallen leaves and other forest debris.

Along side the benefits that they provide to people, frogs also matter due to their inherit intrinsic value.