If you got stuck down a drain, what would you do? These frogs have a novel way of escaping, ladders.
Roads can be deathtraps for frogs. If they're lucky enough to avoid being run over by cars, drains that line the roadside could be their downfall. Conservationists in England are using these special ladders to give the stricken creatures an escape route.>> So we're trying to install these amphibian ladders in areas adjacent to breeding pools.
Cuz obviously in the breeding season, the amphibians are coming from quite a wide area coming back to the breeding pools to breed. And then hitting the roads, getting across the roads, hitting the curb, along the curbs, into the drains. And then that's it, end of story for them, game over.
So by installing the amphibian ladders, it enables them to get back out of the drains and back to their breeding pools and doing what they should do, making more amphibians.>> The ladders are made from rust resistant aluminum with a net like mesh on one side to give the creatures a foothold as they hop up.
The frog rescue group says they've seen a marked reduction in amphibian drain prisoners since installing a number of ladders near to breeding pools. The species which includes frogs, toads, salamanders and newts have seen numbers dwindle in recent years. Habitat loss is a main culprit. As the ladders aren't cheap, they can't realistically be added to every drain.
But installing them at known trouble spots near breeding sites aims to give conservation efforts a leg up.