Frogs

Frogs

With 4800 recorded species, frogs are an incredibly diverse group. They come in a variety of colors from dappled brown, grey and green to patterns of bright red or yellow and black. They are also an important ‘prey’ food in the food chain. Since the 1950’s the number of frogs around the world have been decreasing and since 1980 at least 120 different species have become extinct. Frogs are ancient as a species and date back 265 million years.

Here’s an awesome 8-minute video about the Red-Eyed Tree Frog. Here’s a 7-minute video of frog eggs gathered from a pond, kept in an aquarium and filmed as they became frogs. The frogs were then released back into the pond. Here’s a 4-minute Australian video showcasing the differences between frogs and toads.

FunFacts About Frogs: (Source)  

  • Basic Information, quote: A frog is any member of a diverse and largely carnivorous group of short-bodied, tailless amphibians composing the order Anura. The oldest fossil “proto-frog” appeared in the early Triassic of Madagascar, but molecular clock dating suggests their origins may extend further back to the Permian, 265 million years ago. Frogs are widely distributed, ranging from the tropics to subarctic regions, but the greatest concentration of species diversity is in tropical rainforests. There are approximately 4,800 recorded species, accounting for over 85% of extant amphibian species. They are also one of the five most diverse vertebrate orders. (Source)
  • The body of a frog is characterized by protruding eyes, the limbs folded beneath, a stout body, a cleft tongue and no tail.
  • Warty species of frogs tend to be called ‘toads’.
  • Frogs come in a variety of colors: dappled brown, grey and green to patterns of bright red or yellow and black.
  • For the most part, frogs lay their eggs in water.
  • The eggs hatch into tadpoles, otherwise known as aquatic larvae.
  • A few species will bypass the tadpole stage or lay their eggs on land.
  • Frogs are an important source as ‘prey’ food. They feed a lot of predators.
  • Frogs have a wide range of vocalizations most often used during the mating season.
  • Frog populations have decreased. Though there are 4800 records species, at least 120 species have become extinct since 1980.
  • During cold spells, frogs can enter a state of torpor during which they are inactive. In cold regions, some frogs will hibernate.
  • The alkaloid epibatidine is produced by some species known as poison dart frogs. This substance is a painkiller and 200 times more potent than morphine. But it can also cause death by lung paralysis.
  • Toads are frogs, but are generally characterized by dry, leathery skin, short legs, and large bumps.

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45 thoughts on “Frogs

  1. Lately, whenever I think of frogs I think of the documentaries featuring the brightly colored extremely poisonous ones. I’m not a fan of toads, but there are several frogs that are actually pretty cute!

  2. Love frog’s and one of my favourite movie is frog’s ! Plus when we lived ha. Every night you could croakees? Sorry I have no idea how to spell it.

  3. I love the more colorful frogs! We have a pond so its not uncommon to hear them singing at all hours if I walk down that way. We even had a cat that would catch the frogs from the pond and eat them. I laughed so hard the first time I saw him bringing one to show me because the way he had it in his mouth the legs dangling looked like a mustache!

  4. Frogs always seem to be smiling. Love the colors and the croaking. I remember the Budwizier commercial with the frogs – really funny. Thanks for the info and pictures.

    • Lol. Those were funny commercials. It always stuck in my head after I saw it on tv so I had it in my mind alot.

  5. I wrote another comment but it’s not showing up as posted on my end so if I have 2 on here I apologize. I never realized there were that many different frog species. I love the colored frogs.

  6. I love to hear frogs at night. I live in the woods and we have a swimming pool. The frogs love it. At night they sing and sing. In the morning I have a few friends swimming in the pool.

  7. Wow, amazing photos. Never knew there were that many different colored frogs. I also loved those Budweiser commercials with the frogs!! I don’t mind looking but not touching them. AZ

  8. The colorful ones are really gorgeous. We live on a lake in southwest Florida. I love to listen to the frogs calling to one another back and forth across the lake at night when the windows are open. You can hear the excitement in their croaks as they get nearer to each other to mate.

  9. Frogs are quite amazing and vital to nature. Just think how many insects would still be around if there weren’t 4800 species of frogs to eat them!!

  10. I love frogs! When I was younger we had frogs as pets and my brother and I loved to play with them. I am no longer that brave, but I have a lot of ceramic frogs in my flower bed and am always on the look out for more! I love the pictures of the frogs with their hands touching, it makes them look sophisticated.

  11. “You have to kiss a lot of toads before you meet your handsome prince” After that saying I have a fondness for frogs and toads. I’ve found my handsome prince so the frog kissing is out. I do love all the bright colors. My husband dug a hole and the next day I found about 30 frogs or toads in the hole. So many different colors, it was amazing. As a child I would check the slow moving streams and play with the tadpoles and watch their development.

    From Georgia

  12. We have frogs here in Mississippi, but we don’t see as many as we used to! I don’t like tree frogs at all! I enjoyed reading about all the different species and colors.

  13. I’ve seen pictures of the clear frogs. I think those are crazy awesome! My absolute favorite ones are the colorful ones! Thank you for the information! Sanford, Maine!

  14. Love frogs. I enjoyed watching the videos. Love the pictures! I had a toad in one of my flower pots a couple weeks ago. I enjoy listening to the tree frogs. I remember as a child catching frogs with my brothers and would put them in the cows water trough.

  15. I absolutely love the frogs of the Rainforest! But I swear, I think frogs and the dang desert toads pop out! I actually kicked one thinking it was the neighbor’s soccer ball!

  16. What can I say? They are so ugly they are cute!!! LOL I have a friend that has been collecting frog memorabilia for 50 yrs!! That’s a lot of frogs!!!

  17. Here in NC we have hundreds and hundreds of tree frogs at night. There are many different varieties. Some are only a bit under an inch long. I have photos of a 2″ green one with delicate yellow spots. So pretty. Once mating season is over it quiets down which is good because I can hear the owls again.

    Sometimes I sit in the screen porch just to listen to the symphony. It’s so loud. I measured the decibels one time…wish I could remember what it was.

    I could go to sleep listening, but without AC I would probably croak before morning.

  18. I was not that interested in frogs, but your pictures are great, and I especially like the very last one, the red one. Am I right in thinkin that the more colorful, the more dangerous? I’ve just moved to AZ within the last 3 months, and I have not noticed any frogs around my area. I’ve also never had any frogs as pets.

  19. My son is graduating in Decemer with a degree in Biology/wudkufe ‘Conservation and Management-he’s goning to love this!

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