FRACTS #9 – Frogs = Toads?? No!

Frogs cannot be called toads, BUT toads can be called frogs! Did you know that?? This is because the word ‘frog’ is a generic term for the whole family, and a ‘toad’ is classified under the frog family. There are actually many differences between a frog and a toad! Look at the picture comparison of a toad and a baby frog below, and see how many differences you can spot!

Top: Frog Bottom: Toad See the difference between them? Look at their hind legs and skin texture.
Top: Baby frog
Bottom: Toad
See the difference between them? Look at their hind legs and skin texture.

These are the differences between a toad and a frog! Did you manage to spot all their physical differences?
Frogs

  • Have wet, smooth skin that looks slimy because of the moist environment that it lives in; it doesn’t need to face harsh land conditions.
  • Need to live near/in water for survival
  • Have a narrow body which allows for faster movement, and eyes that bulge
  • Have long webbed hind legs for swimming and high jumping
  • Lay eggs in cluster

Toads

  • Have dry, rough and warty skin because of harsh conditions on land
  • Don’t have to live near water to survive
  • Have a wide and fat body
  • Have short, stout unwebbed hind legs because they walk instead of jumping and have no need to swim since they live on land.
  • Lay eggs in strings

Frogs that are really frogs are also known as “true frogs”, and likewise, toads that are really toads are also known as “true toads”.

Hope I have enlightened all of you a little about the differences between true frogs and true toads!

Signing off,
Froglette

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Reference

http://wonderopolis.org/wonder/are-frogs-and-toads-the-same/

http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/life/True_toad

http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/life/True_frog

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