24
Sep
08

New weekly fun!

Sorry, but this will be anticlimactic, I hope not, though. I’m going to start something new and weekly!; What’s that Wednesdays, mystery amphibian or possibly reptile photos will be posted showing a section of the animal accompanied by a riddle about the organism’s name (Hint:I will only use the scientific names). The solution to the riddle will be posted on Fridays. So here’s the first one! Name this amphibian:

The name Stejneger sound familiar?

I don’t have very large lungs, probably to sink in the stream. I don’t have any songs, like most of my order sing. I do, however have one thing, Freud may think they are all envious of, from which I get my common name.

Good luck!

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7 Responses to “New weekly fun!”


  1. 1 Stacy S.
    September 24, 2008 at 2:18 pm

    It looks like a house gecko. ??

  2. 2 jaredcormier
    September 24, 2008 at 2:32 pm

    You know, the image title gives another decent hint. Also, it’s an amphibian, geckos are reptiles. Sorry, try again.

  3. 3 Michelle
    September 25, 2008 at 8:38 am

    I KNOW WHAT IT IS…but I cheated

  4. 4 bob maurus
    September 25, 2008 at 9:19 am

    Looks like a newt.

  5. 5 jaredcormier
    September 25, 2008 at 10:56 am

    “She turned me into a newt!”
    “a newt?”
    ….
    “I got better”

    —anyway, nope, absolutely not a newt, the above is a newt.

  6. 6 Stacy S.
    September 25, 2008 at 2:42 pm

    Did you know…

    “One of the reasons for importing African clawed frogs was pregnancy tests. When injected with urine from a pregnant woman, a male African clawed frog will release some of his sperm, and a female will release some of her eggs. For about twenty years, this was one of the fastest, most accurate way to find out if a woman was pregnant. “

    http://animals.howstuffworks.com/amphibians/frog.htm/printable

    Fascinating!

  7. 7 jaredcormier
    September 25, 2008 at 3:52 pm

    They were also done with rabbits; inject urine or serum of woman into rabbit, if the rabbit was induced to ovulate when they inspected the ovaries a few days later, the woman was pregnant. Our current pregnancy tests still look for human chorionic gonadotropin, but now, for most tests, ELISAs or similar tests using monoclonal antibodies are used, but still look for hCG. Enzyme assays are also possible. I think the so called “frog test” still took 24 hours; compare that to modern pregnancy tests that take a few minutes…


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