SAVE THE FROGS! Essay Contest
THERE WILL NOT BE AN ESSAY CONTEST IN 2011!
CONGRATULATIONS to Josèphe-Anne Rocke, 19, of Verdun, Quebec, Canada, winner of the 2010 SAVE THE FROGS! Essay Contest! Josèphe-Anne's essay rose to the top of 45 essays submitted to us by writers from India, Cameroon, Canada, Ghana, Pakistan, Vietnam and the USA. You can read Josèphe-Anne's winning essay here.
"I just read the wonderful essay 'A World Without Frogs' by the contest winner, Josèphe-Anne Rocke. She deserved to win! I loved it."
--Andrea P., Science Writer
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Frequently Asked Questions
Amphibian populations worldwide are in the midst of a mass extinction crisis, yet most people are completely unaware. Further, few students receive any amphibian extinction education in their schools. The SAVE THE FROGS! Essay Contest is designed to give teachers an easy way to get their students involved and interested in amphibian conservation...though you don't have to be a student to enter!
We invite teachers, students and anyone else to submit 250-300 words of their finest frog literature.
Who can enter?
Anybody! We encourage students and teachers to get their writing classes involved on Save The Frogs Day - April 30th, 2010. We encourage amateur and professional writers to take part as well. And the more countries represented the better! Did we mention that it is indeed FREE to enter the contest.
2010 SAVE THE FROGS! Essay Contest Topic
Each year we will give you an essay title. All you have to do is write the essay! This year's essay title is:
A World Without Frogs
Remember, essays should be between 250 and 300 words. Read the rules below, and good luck!
Did we mention that there will be prizes? Aside from fame and the admiration of your peers, the Grand Prize Winner and Honorable Mentions may all see their poems featured in a book of Frog Poetry we will produce. Contest winners will also be acknowledged on this website, alongside a copy of their poem. And to top it off:
The Grand Prize Winner will:
(1) Receive $100 CASH (or check!).
(2) Receive $50 worth of "Frog Cash" to be used for any of the cool, environmentally-friendly merchandise in the SAVE THE FROGS! Gift Center.
(3) Become an official judge of next year's SAVE THE FROGS! Essay Contest.
(4) Receive frog fame.
(1) Submitted essays must be your original creation!
(2) You may submit only one entry.
(3) Essays should be no longer than 300 words. This is roughly one page.
(4) Submission of writing constitutes your agreement to the Essay Contest Terms & Conditions. Please read these over, as they describe your rights to your submitted essay as well as ours.
(5) Entries should be in English.
Award winners will be announced via the official SAVE THE FROGS! newsletter.
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To make this contest successful, we need your help spreading the word! If you are an English or Writing teacher, please inform your fellow English and Writing teachers. This makes a great class project for Save The Frogs Day. So email this to your friends and colleagues:
SAVE THE FROGS! Essay Contest:
SAVE THE FROGS! Nonprofit Organization (www.savethefrogs.com) has announced its 1st Annual SAVE THE FROGS! Essay Contest. There are cash prizes! Please visit http://savethefrogs.com/essay to learn more. The goal of the competition is to raise awareness of the mass extinction of amphibians that is currently taking place worldwide. Please spread the word to any writers you know. Thanks!
Ready to submit your essay?
Have you read the Contest Rules? If not, please do so now.
All entries must be in digital format.
Paper submissions will NOT be accepted, sorry.
If you spray painted your essay on a subway wall, or etched it on the walls of a cave, please now transcribe the essay using a computer and word processor.
If you are a teacher and electronic submissions are problematic, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.
Submit your finest Frog Essay now, via our digital upload system!
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The differences between reptiles and amphibians is stark. This week at Backwater Reptiles, we received a lot of new frogs, toads, and salamanders and that got us to thinking that maybe this blog article should discuss what makes an amphibian an amphibian and what makes a reptile a reptile. Although most reptile hobbyists know the differences between the two, some people have got to be curious as to what separates a salamander from a skink, right?
In general, it’s easy to just say that frogs, toads, newts, and salamanders are all classified as amphibians, but you can read on to learn why these animals are different than reptiles.
The main indicator that an animal is an amphibian is that it “lives two lives” or has two distinct life phases. Amphibians are born in water and breathe through gills, then undergo metamorphosis and become full-grown animals that survive on land. Take a frog for example – they come into this world as tadpoles swimming around in ponds or pools of water and eventually grow into mature frogs. Reptiles, however, will be born as miniature forms of themselves and, aside from possibly displaying different markings as juveniles, should look the same their entire life.
Reptiles don’t need to live near water, whereas amphibians need to live where water is present for two reasons. First, their skin needs to stay moist. Second, amphibians lay their eggs in or very near water.
Amphibians externally fertilize their eggs whereas reptiles internally fertilize. Amphibian eggs are usually found in a gelatinous clump in or near water, while reptile eggs are leathery, amniotic, and often buried for the gestation period.
Finally, there are also aesthetic differences you can observe if you are not familiar with the animal’s life cycle. Reptiles possess scales, whereas amphibians have moist, sometimes sticky skin. Reptiles have claws to defend themselves from threats, but an amphibian’s main defense mechanisms are irritating secretions from the skin or biting because they don’t have nails.
This entry is not all inclusive as we could easily write an entire essay dedicated to this topic. It’s simply meant to touch on the main differences between reptiles and amphibians and to provide the basics for beginners.
All animals pictured in this blog post are amphibians for sale on our website.