NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- The snoring noise near a shallow pond in a Mississippi national forest was meant to make female frogs sit up and take notice, but it got biologists even more excited. Dusky gopher frogs are one of the world's most endangered species, and the noise indicated they had found a new breeding spot.
The animals live underground and breed in rain-fed ponds so shallow they dry up in summer. They've been breeding consistently in only one pond, in the DeSoto National Forest, near Saucier (SOH-shur).
Federal scientists and others have been working since 2000 on nearby pond makeovers. The frog sounds heard Feb. 27 and the eggs found the next day were the first proof that it's working -- and that the frogs are spreading out, as needed for the species' survival.