A group of international scientists is combining its intellectual resources to save an endangered species of frog from the depths of extinction – the “scrotum frog.”

Telmatobius coleus, more commonly known as the scrotrum frog, dwells in close proximity to Lake Titicaca, straddling more than 3,200 square miles across the Peruvian and Bolivian border.

As the world’s largest entirely aquatic frog, the loose skin that creates folds and flaps has earned this creature the title “scrotum frog.”

The slimy croaker can grow to a solid eight inches long and faces the increasing threat of extinction due to over-harvesting for human consumption. It is believed more than 90% of the population may have disappeared along the Bolivian side of the lake. In addition to human consumption, the frog is threatened by invasive trout that feed on the tadpoles as well as the ongoing destruction of their natural habitat. Authorities and conservationists around the world are worried about the rapid decline of the scrotrum frog population, prompting a mobilization of scientists to save the sack-shaped amphibian.

The task force is comprised of scientists including medical experts, conservationists, and biologists hailing from across the Americas determined to save the little green dong pillows.

The cause for panic made headlines a few years ago when more than 10,000 of the slippery scrotrum frogs died suddenly. Conservationists feared that soon the world would be left with only a few of the chirping nugget pouches remaining. According to media reports, it is believed that the frog population’s demise is also attributed to sewage runoff, sludge, and solid waste. Unfortunately, humans in the area are unable to shake off the desire to polish off a few scrotrum frogs for dinner, placing further downward pressure on the population.

The project to save the leaping green gonads has the full backing of the Peruvian and Bolivian national governments, who have “the same mission: promote the conservation of the Lake Titicaca Giant Frog.”

The scrotrum frog is highly prioritized as an “indicator species,” meaning it helps authorities to gain a pulse via scrotum frog survivability on the health of the ecosystem at large. 

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