Frog Amazing Facts

40 Amazing little known Facts About Frog | Amazing Facts 4U

  1. There are about 4700 species of frog.
  2. Some scientists say that the only thing left after a nuclear holocaust will be cockroaches and frogs.
  3. Frogs are amphibians having the ability to breathe under water and to breathe on land.
  4. Frogs lay their eggs in water. These eggs will soon blossom into small tadpoles. These tadpoles over a small amount of time will metamorphose into a full grown frog.
  5. The pond frog will not produce anymore tadpoles until it is three years old or older. This is the time when it is fully sexually matured.
  6. When a new tadpole is born they are actually like fish as they are born with gills, long finned tail and webbed fins. They resemble and act more like a newborn fish.
  7. Frogs are found mostly by wet areas such as rivers, ponds, and lakes because a frog’s skin must stay damp in order to survive. So they are never far from water.
  8. The world’s biggest frog is the goliath frog from Cameroon in West Africa. Their body can be one-foot long and weight could be more than 3 kg. Amazingly the smallest , the bee frog of Africa is no bigger than a bee.
  9. Fact is that frogs cannot live in the sea or any salt water.
  10. Although they have various colors , amazing fact is that frogs don’t see color . They only see black or white. Generally bright and bold colors on frogs indicate that the frog is poisonous.
  11. Amazing fact is that frogs can see forwards, sideways and upwards all at the same time. They never close their eyes, even when they sleep.
  12. Frogs use their sticky, muscular tongue to catch and swallow food. Unlike humans, their tongue is not attached to the back of its mouth. Instead it is attached to the front, enabling the frog to stick its tongue out much further.
  13. A frog’s call which is called croaking is unique to its species and may be heard up to a mile away. This is used by male frogs as a way to attract females.
  14. Frogs have vocal sacs, which fill with air, and are used to amplify the sound!
  15.  Amazingly frogs were the first land animals with vocal cords.
  16. Frogs can amazingly jump over 20 times their own body length. They have long legs which allow them, to use the full force of their weight to jump off of the platforms they are sitting. Record is held by Australia’s Striped Rocket Frog Litoria nasuta which  can jump a distance equivalent to 55 times its body length!
  17. Amazing fact is that you can tell a male frog from a female is by looking at their ears. A frog’s ear is called tympanum which is located just behind the eye. If the tympanum is larger than the frog’s eye, it is male; if it is smaller, it is female.
  18. Most frogs molt once a week but some will do it every day! Amazing thing is that once the old skin has been pulled off, the frog usually eats it!
  19. The eyes and nose of a frog are on top of its head so it can breathe and see when most of its body is under the water.
  20. Frogs have teeth on their upper jaw, which they use to keep their prey in one place until they can swallow it. Frogs swallow using their eyes . When the frog blinks, its eyeballs are pushed downwards creating a bulge in the roof of its mouth which squeezes the food inside the frog’s mouth down the back of its throat.
  21. Frogs amazingly don’t need to drink water as they absorb it through their skin from their surroundings by osmosis.
  22. Frogs tend to breathe mostly through their skin. However, they also breather through their nostrils to absorb 25 percent of the air that need to have to survive.
  23. Amazingly a frog can taste it’s food by touching it with its eye.
  24. Frog bones form a new ring every year when the frog is hibernating, just like trees do. Scientists can count these rings to discover the age of the frog.
  25. Marsupial frog, lives in the rainforests of eastern Australia, where it lays its eggs in moist leaf-litter. Both parents guard the nest of about 30 eggs, and when the froglets emerge, they crawl into the father’s two hip-pockets, where they hang out for several weeks.
  26. The male Darwin frog places newly hatched tadpoles in its vocal sack or pouch. The tadpoles start their life in the pouch until they swim out of it as baby frogs.
  27. Females of some frog species keep a regular check on their offspring (tadpoles) and if food becomes scarce she will deposit unfertilised eggs for them to eat.
  28. Asian tree frogs build nests in trees above water so that when the tadpoles hatch they fall directly into the water.
  29. Amazing fact is that the poison arrow frog has enough poison to kill about 2,200 people.
  30. One type of desert frog can amazingly wait as long as seven years for water by surrounding itself in a type of transparent bag that becomes its first meal once the rain comes.
  31. Wood frogs are adapted to cold winters being able to survive a deep freeze. Their breathing, blood flow, and heartbeat stop, and ice crystals form beneath their skin. While ice crystals in human skin would result in frostbite, wood frogs are safe because high glycogen levels in their cells act like anti-freeze, restricting the frozen areas to the extra-cellular fluid, where no tissue damage will occur.
  32. Amazing fact is that belly of so called glass frog is covered with translucent skin. They are usually bright green or olive green in color. They live in southern Mexico, in Central and South America. Liver, heart and intestines could be seen when the glass frog is looked from the underneath.
  33. The Costa Rican flying tree frog soars from branch to branch with the help of its feet. Webbing between the frog’s fingers and toes extends out, helping the frog glide.
  34. Toads are frogs. The word “toad” is usually used for frogs that have warty and dry skin, as well as shorter hind legs. Unlike a frog a toad cannot jump.
  35. Texas horned toads can amazingly shoot blood out of the corners of their eyes.
  36. Big warts in toads behind eyes are parotid glands having toxic secretions useful for defence against predators.
  37. The cane toad Bufo marinus has 20 bufotoxins, some of which are potent enough to kill a snake many times its size.
  38. Since ancient times, the frog has been considered lucky in Scotland. This is why stone frogs are commonly kept in gardens and often given as housewarming gifts.
  39. The Horror Frog, which lives in Central Africa, when threatened, breaks the bones in its toes and forces the ends through its skin to create claws for fighting.
  40. In Egypt the frog is the symbol of life and fertility, and in Egyptian mythology Heget is a frog goddess representing fertility.

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