Compare and Contrast Frogs and Toads

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Frogs vs. Toads When you see a creature hopping along the side of the creek, can you tell if it’s a frog or a toad? Many people cannot tell the difference between the two. They are similar in many ways. When looking at the two, there are some differences in them. For instance the frog and toad both have bulging eyes; however, the frogs’ eyes are slightly bigger than the toads. As you read on you will learn the differences and similarities between the frog and toad. There are 2000 known species of the frog compared to the 300 kinds of toads. A frog is a small, slim, four legged amphibian with smooth skin and long powerful hind legs with webbed feet. The biggest frog is the Giant frog, sometimes called “Goliath Frog,” in West Africa. This Giant frog can grow up to a foot in length. The frog is green or brown skinned with dark markings, pointed head, long hind legs, and can get one to four inches in length. Some frogs have suckers on their feet which help them cling to tree trunks as they climb, known as tree frogs. The toad on the other hand has dry, warty skin with not as powerful hind legs. Toads are also fat compared to the slim frog. The toad will puff up with air at times. Toads walk slow and have shorter legs than the frog. Toads are light brown skinned with brown markings; dry skin, flabby and can get up to three inches in length. The frog belongs to the Ranidae family while the toad belongs to the Bufonide family. Frogs and toads are both amphibians and are cold blooded. The two are carnivores and are found almost anywhere. A frog however, is not found in Antarctica; the toad is not found in Australasia, Polar Regions, Madagascar, and Polynesia. You are most likely looking at a frog if you are around water or in water. If you’re walking thru the woods, weeding your garden, plowing a field you more than likely are looking at a toad.

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