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Purple Frog to be crowned Kerala’s state amphibian

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Purple frog, the scientific name  Nasikabatrachus sahyadrensis (N. sahyadrensis) is believed to have co-existed with dinosaurs, set to be crowned Kerala’s state amphibian. The Proposal for this is being suggested by by Kerela’s leading Herpetologists (a specialist in study of reptiles and amphibians) as this title would help in protecting species fragile habitat.

Herpetologists believe that the species should be rightly called a ‘living fossil’ as it’s evolutionary roots suggest it could have shared space with dinosaurs going back almost 70 million years ago. Their conservation status is endangered as per International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)’ The Purple frog is known to be found widely distributed in Western Ghats.

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