Frogs and Toads – Explaining their Differences
Have you ever wondered what the difference between frogs and toads is? Actually, toads are a type of frog. Toads usually have bumpy skin that is drier than a frog’s. Toads also are more likely to live on land. But frogs and toads have a lot in common.
Frogs and toads both start life in the water. Their mothers lay eggs in a puddle or near a stream. The fathers fertilize the eggs and sometimes move them to a wetter place. The fathers carry the eggs in their mouths or even on their backs. After the eggs hatch, the tadpoles or polliwogs, as they are sometimes called, live in the water for several weeks. They have a tail like a fish and they breathe through gills.
Slowly they develop legs and lungs and lose their tails. Then they can hop out on land.
Fun Facts about Frogs and Toads
- Frogs and toads are carnivores. They eat worms, spiders, slugs and snails. Larger frogs eat mice and lizards.
- Frogs and toads don’t have a neck. Their bulging eyes can look in almost any direction, or they jump to see something because they can’t turn their heads.
- The largest frog is the goliath frog, which weighs over 6 pounds and grows 13 inches long. The smallest frog, the gold frog is less than ½ inch long.
- One type of frog swallows her eggs. They grow in her tummy and when they hatch, she vomits the tadpoles up – sort of like when Ron vomited slugs in “Harry Potter.”
Frogs and Toads Vocabulary
- Bumpy: covered with bumps or lumps
- Puddle: small pool of water
- Bulging: large, sticking out
- Vomit: throw up
Learn More All About Frogs and Toads
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A video about the difference between frogs and toads.
Frog and Toad Q&A
Question: Are frogs and toads poisonous?
Answer: Many toads have poisonous slime on their skins that can cause a rash. The slime on a dart frog’s skin is so toxic that one drop could kill a man.
Question: Are frogs and toads endangered?
Answer: Some species are endangered and frogs and toads everywhere seem to be disappearing. People fill in wetlands to build buildings so frogs don’t have a place to live. Pollution in rivers, swamps and streams can kill frogs and toads.
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