A rare frog species is getting it on in the Santa Monica Mountains and scientists are very excited.

Virginia may be for lovers but, for members of the animal kingdom, L.A.’s Santa Monica Mountains seem to be the ultimate aphrodisiac. Last year, it was lustful tarantulas. In 2017, it’s all about the horny amphibians.

Biologists say a rare frog species that had virtually disappeared from the region nearly a century ago is back again and they’ve been going at it like rabbits. You know what that means. Baby frogs are coming -- and not just any frogs either.  

National Park Service rangers and scientists who surveyed the mountains’ mossy, muddy creeks on March 14 found nine egg masses belonging to the California red-legged frog, a species popularized by Mark Twain’s 'The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County' in 1865, Park Service officials said.

A single egg mass can contain 1,000 to 3,000 eggs, said Park Service ecologist Katy Delaney, who spearheaded the frog’s replenishment program.

We'll be sure to let you know where the new parents are registered.


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