Froggy Friends Josue perez

A frog is any member of a diverse and largely carnivorous group of short-bodied, tailless amphibians composing the order Anura.

Frogs need to be around areas with a water source to reproduce, but other than that, they are found on every continent except Antarctica and in almost every environment.

The skin will secret and cover the body with the poison and this will deter the enemy from eating them. Some use colors to protect themselves. Some will be very brightly colored body (especially red and yellow) to warn enemies that it taste bad or are poisonous.

Frogs catch insects and other small food animals on the sticky tip of its long tongue.

All summer long, the frogs squat, motionless, on the bank of a quiet pond or brook and watch for passing insects. If a fly or cricket passes within reach, the frog’s long tongue will snap out like a flickering whip, so fast that you can scarcely follow the action. The insect is caught on the sticky tip. Just as quickly the frog flips its tongue back into its mouth.

Frogs actually sing to attract mates.

In almost all frogs, egg fertilization happens outside the female's body instead of inside. The female releases her eggs and the male releases his sperm at the same time. In order to make sure that the sperm reach the eggs, the male and female get into a mating posture called amplexus.

1 - Egg: The first stage is the egg stage. Eggs are usually laid in or near water. A frog can lay thousands of eggs at once. The eggs are laid in large groups. There are covered in jelly which makes them slippery. The jelly protects them from other animals eating the eggs.

2 - Tadpole: The second stage is the tadpole stage. A tadpole hatches from the egg. The tadpole breathes using gills and moves like a fish. It uses its long tail to swim. Tadpoles eat tiny water plants.

3 - Froglet: The third stage is the froglet stage. It grows lungs and legs. Its gills disappear. Its tail gets shorter until it disappears too. The froglet swims to the top of the water to breathe air.

4 - Adult: The last stage is the adult stage. A frog can leave the water now and live on land. It eats insects, worms and snails. Mother frogs return to the water to lay eggs.

1. Frogs eat lots of pesky insects

2. Frogs are a good environmental indicator(helps us know if the condition of our land and water are good)

3. Frogs provide food for other animals(Birds, snakes, herons, etc...)

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