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Reptiles & Amphibians: Frogs and Toads


  • There are more frogs and toads than any other type of amphibian.

  • Frogs are mostly wet and slimy and they hop. Toads, on the other hand, walk to get around and are warty and dry. Both are mostly nocturnal, and some frogs will even hibernate by making a cocoon or burrowing.

  • Frogs and toads are found only around fresh water, where they will lay anywhere from one to 35,000 eggs.

  • Frogs and toads are cold-blooded. This means that they rely on the sun for warmth.

    Where do they live?:

    Both frogs and toads can be found all over the world except for Antarctica. Most frogs are found in the tropics.

    What do they eat?:

    Most frogs are carnivores and eat insects, but some eat fruit.

    Critter Fact:

    Frogs drink through their skin. Because their skin is so important and it can dry out quickly, many frogs shed their skin often. They will wriggle out of it, and sometimes even eat it!

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    Did You Know?

    The word amphibian means "both lives." Frogs and toads have lives in the water as tadpoles and on land when they are adults.

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