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