What is a frog?
Frogs are a kind of small animal belonging to a group called vertebrates (animals with backbones) known as amphibians. This mean that they live part of their life in water and the other part of it on land. They are cold-blooded which means that their body temperature is the same as the surrounding temperature.
How do frogs protect themselves?
Different frog species have different methods of protecting themselves from predators, such as attempting to flee, swelling up or playing dead. Other species use their skin color to either blend in with their surroundings or warn predators that they are toxic.
How and why do frogs sing?
When frogs "sing" they are actually trying to attract a mate. Both frogs and toads are capable of croaking but calls vary between each allowing their mates to distinguish who’s who amongst the gathering of species. They can get quite loud and their calls can be heard from miles away.
How do frogs mate?
During mating the males seek out the females and then latch onto the backs of the females in a position called amplexus. This position may be held by the mating frogs as long as several days. The amplexus position stimulates the female to lay her eggs and she does so with the eggs wrapped in a jelly-like substance. Once the female spawns her eggs, the male ejects his semen directly onto the eggs to fertilize them.