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Frogs are amphibians, which comes from the Greek language and means “both lives.” Most frogs are born in water as tadpoles and gradually change into frogs although some frogs, known as direct developers, are born as full frogs.
A frog mainly lives on meat that is insects and small animals like earthworms, minnows and spiders and swallow their food whole.
There are over 5,000 species of frogs around the entire world. Unfortunately, about 120 amphibian species, including frogs, toads and salamanders, have disappeared since 1980. Historically, one species of amphibian would disappear every 250 years.
Frogs can be found on every continent in the world except Antarctica. However, the highest concentration of frogs is found in warmer tropical climes.
They absorb water through their skin so they don’t need to drink.
Frogs can lay as many as 4,000 eggs in frogspawn. The eyes and nose of a frog are on top of its head so it can breathe and see when most of its body is under the water.
Frogs have long back legs and webbed feet for jumping and swimming. Certain frogs can jump up to 20 times their own body length in a single leap.
The world’s biggest frog is the goliath frog from Cameroon in West Africa. Their body can be one-foot long. The smallest frogs in the world are less than half-an-inch long.
People who study frogs and toads are called herpetologists. Herpetology is the study of amphibians and reptiles.
Frog bones form a new ring every year when the frog is hibernating, just like trees do. Scientists can count these rings to discover the age of the frog.
Because frogs come out in the rain, people used to think that they fell to earth in the rain! And in nineteenth century England, people tried catching them to prove it.
Amphibians don’t see color – they only see in black or white.
In recent years, a painkiller with 200 times the power of morphine has been found in the skin of a frog.
The male Darwins Frog takes its mate’s eggs into its mouth as soon as they show signs of life and they stay there until they emerge as fully grown froglets.
Frogs cannot live in the sea or any salt water.
Many of the most brightly colored tropical frogs are colored in this way to warn predators that they are poisonous.
Frogs moult. This is the process where they shed their skin. Most of them moult once a week but some do it every day. Once the old skin has been pulled off, the frog eats it.
Each frog species has a distinct croak. They have vocal sacs, which fill with air, and can amplify the sound up to a mile away!
Frogs are known as indicator species and can give scientists valuable insight into how an ecosystem is functioning. Because they are predators and prey many animals are affected by them, frogs provide insight into the health of the ecosystem.
Courtesy Aunty Mercy Chuwang