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Frogs and Warts

Many people believe that the bumps on a frogs skin is contagious and that's why people get warts. The truth is that warts are caused by a human virus, not from frogs or toads.

Frogs and the French

The French are known and laughed at for eating frog legs. The British began calling them "Frog-Eaters." Now shorten to just calling them "Frogs." The French are not the only ones to eat frog legs, the Chinese and the Aztecs enjoy frog legs for a tasty treat.

Frogs and Luck

In many cultures the frog is a symbol of good luck. The Chinese and Japanese people see the frog as a sign of good luck. In Christianity, it symbolizes the three stages of spiritual growth; egg, tadpole, frog. Ancient Egyptians thought the frog of a fertility god and used its 'powers' to ease the pain of birth.

Frogs and Weather

Frogs are also helpful to tell when it's going to rain. The louder the frog the bigger the storm.

Frog Skin

Frogs do not drink water from their mouths but they simply absorbe water through their skin. The frog also absorbes oxygen through its skin in a process called cutaneous gas exchange. Frogs shed their skin and eat it so they can get the nutrients and water they need.

What is a frog?

A tailless amphibian what a short body, moist smooth skin, and very long hind legs for leaping.

Where do frogs live?

Frogs reside anywhere where there is a water source so they are able to reproduce, besides Antarctica.

How do frogs protect themselves against their enemies?

Frogs cover themselves with poison so that they would be harmful to their enemies or taste bad. Their bright skin also warms their predators.

How do frogs catch insects for their food?

Frogs catch insects out of the are using their tongues. Their saliva is sticky like honey which makes the catch easy.

How and why do frogs sing?

Frogs have a vocal pouch the expands like a ballon that allows them to sing. The frog sing to attract a mate, clam their territory, in fear or to signal rain.

Frog Sounds Around the World
  • Afrikaans: kwaak-kwaak
  • Arabic (Algeria): gar gar
  • Chinese (Mandarin): guo guo
  • Dutch: kwak kwak
  • English (USA): ribbit
  • English (GB): croak
  • Finnish: kvak kvak
  • French: coa-coa
  • German: quaak, quaak
  • Hebrew: kwa kwa
  • Hungarian: bre-ke-ke
  • Italian: cra cra
  • Japanese: kerokero
  • Korean: gae-gool-gae-gool
  • Russian: kva-kva
  • Spanish (Argentina): berp
  • Spanish (Peru): croac, croac
  • Swedish: kvack
  • Thai: ob ob (with high tone)
  • Turkish: vrak vrak
  • Ukrainian: kwa-kwa

How do frogs mate?

To mate a frog gets into a mating position, called the amplexus, where the female and male release the egg and the sperm at the same time.

Explain the life cycle of frogs.

Tiny eggs are produced in water and they hatch to become tadpoles. From a tadpole the morph into frogs.

How are frogs our friends?

Frog benefits include pest control, medicine, education and research, and culture significance.

Credits:

Created with images by Josch13 - "toad frog urmonster" • Stig Nygaard - "Frogs" • craigles75 - "Green Tree Frog" • Pipsimv - "frog prince frog tree frog"

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