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When confronted by a predator, some animals fight, others run while a few hide, hoping not to be noticed. The pebble toad of Venezuela does something altogether different: it curls up like a ball and throws itself down the side of a mountain. By doing so, the tiny creature bounces down the rocks just like a rubber ball.

2009-10-15

 toad frog roll escape toread
Common toads appear to be able to sense an impending earthquake and will flee their colony days before the seismic activity strikes. ... It is hard to objectively and quantifiably study how animals respond to seismic activity, in part because earthquakes are rare and unpredictable.

2010-03-31

 toad frog earthquake frequency prediction seismology
Animals may sense chemical changes in groundwater that occur when an earthquake is about to strike. This, scientists say, could be the cause of bizarre earthquake-associated animal behaviour. Researchers began to investigate these chemical effects after seeing a colony of toads abandon its pond in L'Aquila, Italy, in 2009 - days before a quake. They suggest that animal behaviour could be incorporated into earthquake forecasting...

2011-12-01

 earthquake toad frog animal behaviour prediction water chemistry