publication . Other literature type . 2017

The Effects of Road Salt on Lithobates clamitans Tadpoles

Lim, Rachel; Bernal, Ximena; Siddons, Spencer;
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  • Published: 03 Aug 2017
  • Publisher: Purdue University
  • Country: United States
Abstract
In areas that see heavy snowfall and icy roads, road salt is used to improve driving conditions. However, after snow melts, road salt does not disappear. Instead, it dissolves into melted snow and flows into bodies of water where amphibians breed and live. Altering the salinity of the environment has been seen to affect different species of frogs. It is unclear, however, whether those findings generalize to other anurans. Here, we examined how exposure to road salt affects the development of green frog tadpoles (L. clamitans). We caught 80 L. clamitans tadpoles at the Ross Biological Reserve near Purdue University. We divided 60 tadpoles of average Gosner stage ...
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Medical Subject Headings: human activities
free text keywords: Snow, road salt, tadpoles, metamorphosis, frogs, ecological contaminants
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