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Difference Between Frogs and Toads
How to Tell the Difference Between Frogs and Toads: Facts About Frogs and Toads
Here you will learn how to tell the difference between frogs and toads. Frogs and toads differences are very subtle. Identifying whether an animal is a frog or toad can be tricky; however, with the facts about frogs and toads on this page you will learn how to tell the difference between the two amphibians. Since both animals are amphibians, they share many of the same characteristics.
You may be surprised to learn that most of the frogs you see around your house are actually toads. There are slight differences between frogs and toads that will help you identify the friendly little creatures, and I share those characteristics here.
The Difference Between Frogs and Toads - Facts about frogs and toads
Frogs and toads are both amphibians and have similar body structures, making it difficult for the average person to tell the difference between the two.
Frogs and toads both start out their lives in water, and both return to water to lay their eggs. But, frogs live in or near water their entire lives, have smooth skin, and have webbed feet. Toads live the majority of their life span on land, have dry skin that looks warty, and have toes.
The other major difference between frogs and toads is in their body structure. Frogs have strong, long back legs for jumping. Toads have shorter hind legs for walking. Frogs have narrow bodies with bulging eyes and toads have broader, flattened bodies.
You can see all of these subtle differences in the picture above.
Is it a Frog or Toad?
Why I wanted to learn more facts about frogs and toads.
Cute little frogs have been coming out at night and enjoying the bug buffet we seem to have on our back porch. They are so adorable. My husband, toddler, and I have enjoyed watching them catch mosquitoes and hop around each night. They made a little hole to live in under one of our garden stepping stones.
My husband said that we should buy them a frog house. I thought that sounded like a great idea, so I began shopping for one. I discovered that there are no frog houses, but only toad houses. So, I did a little research and discovered that those cute little frogs on our back porch are actually toads.
This toad house is more than a cute lawn accessory. It also gives toads a protective space to sleep and rest.
Pretty Frog Trinket Box
This beautiful trinket box makes a great gift for any frog lover.
Facts About Frogs and Toads - Frogs and toads are important to our environment.
Frogs and toads can save the world if only we'd listen to what they have to say. Amphibians breathe through their skin. This makes them super vulnerable to pollutants and other environmental hazards, such as pesticides and chytrid, a deadly fungus. This means frogs and toads serve as a predictor of environmental impacts on the future of the rest of the animal kingdom.
Scientist are now very alarmed at the rate of which the current frog and toad population around the world is dwindling. The legendary golden frog of Panama has almost completely disappeared from the wild. Closer to home, the Houston Toad is close to extinction.
How wide spread is this problem? If no changes are made, we are currently in danger of losing half of our world's amphibian population. To put this in better perspective and to get the public's attention, Jeff Corwin, an Emmy-winning host of multiple wild life educational shows on the Animal Planet Channel, says "If this is allowed to continue, it will represent the largest mass extinction since the dinosaurs."
Paul Crump, a reptile and amphibian keeper at the Houston Zoo is very alarmed by the dwindling Houston Toad population. He warns, "It's not just amphibians that are crashing. We're all crashing. Birds. Fish. Mammals. But the amphibians are the first to go. They serve as a smack in the face for us."
It's time that we all start listening to my the world's frog and toad population has to say to us.
We Can Learn a Lot from Frogs and Toads
More fun facts about frogs and toads.
They Encourage Us to Hang in There
They Teach Us to Enjoy Nature
They Remind Us to Have Fun
They Teach Us that We're All Beautiful in Our Own Way
Frog and Toads Infomation - Great frog and toad links.
- Is it a Frog or a Toad?
One of the most common questions is, "What is the difference between Frogs and Toads?" Most are surprised to hear that all Toads actually are Frogs!
Everything you ever wanted to know about frogs and more.
- Nature Haven: Toads
All about toads, includes great toad photos.
- 4 2 Explore
Educational frog and toad information.