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Scientific Classification of Frog

Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Amphibia
Clade:Salientia
Order:Anura

Frog Facts for Kids 1-7

1. There is proof that frogs have existed on Earth for as least as long as dinosaurs or over 200 million years.

2. The world’s largest frog is the West African goliath frog, which may reach 15 inches in length and weigh up to 7 pounds.

3. One of the smallest or tiniest is the Cuban tree toad, which grows to a length of only 0.5 inches.

4. It is unknown how long frogs live in the wild, however, captive frogs have been known to live more than 20 years.

5. There are about 6,000 frog species on the globe. Researchers continue to look for new ones.

6. Frogs are toads. Typically, the term “toad” refers to frogs with warty, dry skin and shortened hind legs.

7. The night vision and motion sensitivity of frogs are exceptional. Most frogs can see in front, towards the sides, and partially behind them because of their wide eyes.

When a frog swallows the food, it drags its eyes down into the roof of its mouth to aid in the process.

Frog Facts for Kids 8-14

a toad sitting and looking at a distance - frog facts for kids

8. Male frogs have vocal sacs, which are air-filled skin pouches. These balloons amplify sounds like a megaphone, and frog calls can be heard from one mile away.

9. As a result of their long hind legs, numerous frogs can leap greater than twenty times their body length.

10. The Costa Rican flying tree frog uses its feet to glide from branch to branch. Webbing extends between the frog’s fingers and toes, allowing it to glide.

11. For camouflage, the Budgett’s frog is a murky brown color, whereas the Vietnamese mossy frog has spotted skin and bumps that resemble little clumps of moss or lichen.

12. Numerous deadly frogs, such as the golden poison frog and the dyeing poison frog are brightly colored to warn predators of their hazardous skins.

Some brightly colored frogs, like the Fort Randolph robber frog, have acquired the same color as a coexisting dangerous species.

Although their skins aren’t harmful, these mimics may frighten off predators.

12. Frogs, like all amphibians, are cold-blooded, meaning that their body temperatures fluctuate with the temperature of their environment.

Some frogs develop tunnels underground or in the muck at the bottom of ponds when the temperature drops.

In these burrows, they hibernate until spring, remaining absolutely still and barely breathing.

13. The wood frog can survive with 65 percent of its body frozen for weeks while living north of the Arctic Circle.

This frog uses glucose in its blood as an antifreeze that concentrates in its important organs, protecting them from injury as the rest of its body freezes.

14. The Australian water-holding frog is a desert-dwelling species capable of waiting up to seven years for rain.

It constructs a translucent cocoon from its own shed skin and burrows underground.

Frog Facts for Kids 15-21

a blue colored poisonous frog waiting for its prey

15. Some frogs, such as the Florida leopard frog, are able to survive in brackish or almost entirely salt water.

16. The eggs of nearly all frogs are fertilized outside of the female’s body.

The male wraps his arms around the female’s waist in a mating embrace known as amplexus. As the female deposits her eggs, he fertilizes them.

Amplexus may persist for hours or days. For four months, a pair of Andean toads remained in amplexus.

17. The marsupial frog, like kangaroos, carries her eggs in a pouch.

When the tadpoles hatch, she opens the pouch with her toes and releases them into the water.

18. Pipa pipa, the Suriname toad of South America, carries her young under the skin of her back.

After copulation, the eggs (Surinam toad lays around 100 eggs) gradually sink into the female’s back, and a skin pad forms over them.

Several days prior to hatching, the growing juvenile frogs are visible within the pockets.

They emerge over the course of several days, first pushing their head and forelegs out, then trying to break free.

18. The Australian gastric-brooding frog ingests her fertilized eggs. The tadpoles remain in her stomach for up to eight weeks before finally emerging as froglets.

During the interval of brooding, stomach secretions cease; otherwise, the mother would consume her own young.

19. The male Darwin frog swallows and preserves developing tadpoles in his vocal sac for almost sixty days so they can mature. He then proceeds to cough out fully formed, microscopic frogs.

20. Once a week, a frog entirely sheds its skin. After removing the old, dead skin, the frog typically consumes it.

21. A group of birds is known as a flock, while a group of cattle is known as a herd. However, a group of frogs is known as an army.

Frog Facts for Kids 22-28

22. The skin of the glass frog is translucent, so its internal organs, bones, and muscles are visible. Even the heartbeat and digestion of food can be observed.

23. In Indonesia, there is a frog without lungs; it breathes exclusively via its skin.

24. The waxy monkey frog secretes wax from its neck and rubs it all over its body with its legs. The wax stops the frog’s skin from drying out in the sun.

25. There are about 5,000 frog species.

26. Frogs do not need to consume water since their skin absorbs it.

27. Due to their porous skin, often biphasic life (aquatic larvae and terrestrial adults), and mid-position in the food chain, frogs and other amphibians serve as good biological markers of ecosystem health.

28. In Egypt, the frog represents life and fertility, and in Egyptian mythology, Heget is a fertility-representing frog-goddess.

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