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8 Animals That Recently Went Extinct

By Steven Romano May 6, 2014

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2) Golden Toad

It's difficult to determine the exact cause of the golden toad's sudden extinction, but there was a time when the little guys were ubiquitous in Monteverde, Costa Rica. Breeding primarily during the rainy seasons, climate change brought on by the arrival of El Niño may have dried out the puddles golden toads used to lay eggs. This lack of moisture and rising temperatures likely created an ideal environment for bacteria and fungi to flourish, easily infecting golden toads whose immune systems were affected by increased UV exposure. Adding to that the use of pesticides, golden toads had vanished completely by the late '80s.

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Steven Romano

Like Captain America, Steven Romano is just a boy from Brooklyn. When he isn't contributing to The MindHut and other geeky websites, Steven's hard at work writing his first novel and comic book scripts. Follow him on Twitter @Steven_Romano, and swing by his blog: stevenromano.tumblr.com

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