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Clawed Frogs and Surinam Toads: Pipidae

Geographic Range

Clawed frogs and Surinam toads live in tropical parts of South America, but not in mountains, and in the central and southern region of Africa, which is known as sub-Saharan Africa. Humans have brought them to other places, including the United States, the United Kingdom, and other parts of Europe and South America.


Four female frogs soared into orbit in 1992 on board the Space Shuttle Endeavor. Their trip was part of an experiment to see whether their eggs could live and grow normally in a gravity-free environment. Scientists treated the females with a chemical that triggered them to lay their eggs. They then added a male frog's sperm to the eggs to begin development. Through experiments like this one, they hope to learn how difficult it may be for humans to live and reproduce in space.

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