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Difference Between Frogs and Toads

Updated on March 13, 2015

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.

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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.

Toad House

Toad Tavern Toad House
Toad Tavern Toad House

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

Green Frog Crystals Jewelry Trinket Ring Box
Green Frog Crystals Jewelry Trinket Ring 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 Encourage Us to Hang in There
They Encourage Us to Hang in There

They Teach Us to Enjoy Nature

They Teach Us to Enjoy Nature
They Teach Us to Enjoy Nature

They Remind Us to Have Fun

They Remind Us to Have Fun
They Remind Us to Have Fun

They Teach Us that We're All Beautiful in Our Own Way

They Teach Us that We're All Beautiful in Our Own Way
They Teach Us that We're All Beautiful in Our Own Way

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      TanoCalvenoa 5 years ago

      This is kind of like the difference between turtles and tortoises. Most people don't know the difference.

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      RaintreeAnnie 6 years ago from UK

      We have frogs visiting our garden each year. We have no idea where they come from or where they go when they leave. We don't have a pond but they seem very happy in our garden when they live there ! Great lens explaining the differences between frogs and toads.

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      Treasures By Brenda 6 years ago from Canada

      Yes, thank you, now if I can remember them.

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      RealMonstrosity 6 years ago

      Beautiful lens, thankyou!

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      lbos114 6 years ago

      I enjoyed this lens very much, thank you! My favorite thing was the pic of the tree frog atop Earth, very nice :)

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      Evelyn Saenz 7 years ago from Royalton

      Just hopped over to Bless this Frog Lens! Thank you for the delightful hop through the world of frogs.

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      lilymom24 7 years ago

      What a nice lens about frogs & toads ~ I thought of the children's book series as soon as I saw your title so it was nice to see that you included them in the lens. =)

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      Jeanette 7 years ago from Australia

      What a great lens. Very nicely presented.

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      sheriangell 7 years ago

      From someone who loves frogs, I loved your lens! Thanks for the lensroll - right back at you!

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      Jennifer P Tanabe 7 years ago from Red Hook, NY

      Loved this lens! I didn't realize how helpful frogs and toads are in the environment. Now I'm really glad to hear them every night outside our bedroom window!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      No wonder you received a purple star, what a terrific lens, interesting, informative and absolutely fantastic pictures! But I still don't like 'em LOL - Kathy

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      Kimberly Napper 7 years ago from U.S.

      I've always loved frogs. :) Excellent points about their importance, and their messages we should heed. *Blessed*

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      girlfriendfactory 7 years ago

      Oh I just love this! The only thing you didn't mention is that they are also considered good luck in some cultures. I have a beautiful ceramic one by my front door and my mom has one just outside her front door that's a little stone tile like thing. Awesome info about the environment, too! :)

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      HorseAndPony LM 7 years ago

      Great frog and toad info and your images are amazing. My daughter love the book series Frog and Toad. Blessed -

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      myraggededge 7 years ago

      Very enjoyable lens. I won't mention what happened when my vacuum cleaner hose found a frog nestling in some shopping bags in my kitchen. The frog (or toad) lived... though not entirely intact.

      Blessed :-)

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Wonderfully informative and fun facts to learn. Thanks for such a great lens. I still don't want to pick up a frog or a toad though.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Cute lens about frogs and toads. Lensrolling to SL Beads and Crafts.

      I make frog pendant beads of frogs. lol. I like this lens.

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      Delia 7 years ago

      what a fun lens, real nicely done and informative...I love frogs and toads, especially the tiny green ones...In Puerto Rico they have some of the cutest frogs, unfortunately they are becoming extinct, so sad...a ~"Squid Angel Blessing"~

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      MyChildCreatesowner 9 years ago

      Cool Lens..really enjoyed all of the photos....well done

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      Evelyn Saenz 9 years ago from Royalton

      Wonderful info on frogs.

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      Sherry Venegas 9 years ago from La Verne, CA

      That red and green picture is stunning. Seeing that just soothes my eyes and reaffirms my love of color. 5*, no kidding.

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      SideSplitters 9 years ago

      Nice work, congratulations on Giant Squid this round!

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      Robin S 9 years ago from USA

      I love this lens!

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      Janet2221 9 years ago

      Fun lens! 5*'s and lensrolled to my Frog Birthday Party lens. :)

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      Jimmie Lanley 9 years ago from Memphis, TN, USA

      Hopping over to your guestbook to say that I love this lens!

      Blessed too!