10 Secrets About Frogs That You Don't Know
10 Secrets About Frogs That You Don't Know
Frogs are amazing creatures. They eat insects, frogs, and tadpoles for breakfast. They have a super strong tongue that can shoot out to grab food from long distances, even in total darkness! Frogs also lay eggs, and some species give birth to live young, which is wild!
But do you know what the most impressive thing about frogs is?
Well, in this blog post, we're going to tell you ten secrets about frogs that will make you want one as a pet or maybe just show some extra frog love next time you see one hopping around outside. Let's start;
1. Frogs Don't Drink, They Absorb!
Yes, you read that correctly. Frogs don't drink water with their mouths. Instead, they drink it with their permeable skins.
This is because frogs have two layers of skin and the outer layer (the epidermis) allows fluids to flow from one side of the frog's body to another while remaining on top. This improves its ability for gas exchange which then creates a moist environment between these two layers or, in other words, your typical amphibian.
They are constantly drinking as much groundwater as possible, so it doesn't evaporate away before they absorb it into their system.
But, this method also risks them absorbing toxins into their system from contaminated or low-quality groundwater.
2. The North American Wood Frog Don't Mind Cold!
How do you survive cold weather? Do your clothes last forever, or do something wear out now and then? How about this: wood frogs have been found to withstand freezing conditions without any problems whatsoever.
When the temperature drops, North American Wood frogs are able to freeze up in as little as a few minutes. When it warms back up, they can unfreeze themselves again.
This process is called Hibernation and allows them to continue living even when faced with freezing temperatures that would otherwise be deadly for most other animals on Earth!
Wood frogs are one of the fascinating creatures on Earth. The amphibians can freeze solid and stay that way for up to eight months each year, but they have a unique strategy all their own when it comes to staying warm in the wintertime.
In fact, these little guys do something entirely different than any other animal ever has - they burrow into piles of leaves or duff (dead plant material) and then cover themselves with overlying snow!
They may not be protected from subfreezing temperatures as much as some animals would be underwater; however, this saves them energy since there is no need for constant stirring, which could burn precious calories.
3. Not all frogs have webbed toes.
Why not? Webbed toes are an adaptation of frogs that live in water.
The webbing on their legs helps them swim faster through the water and also increases surface area for oxygen exchange in a wet environment, but this is only beneficial to species who spend most of their time in or around bodies of water.
Ducorps tree frog (Rhacophorus davisonii) has long limbs and does not rely on its leg webbing for movement; it jumps from branch to branch high up in trees where there is plenty of air instead!
However, this comes at a cost- these creatures have sacrificed powerful hind limbs that could otherwise help propel themselves out of danger if they found themselves under attack by predators. They compensate by using their long back legs to push themselves backward quickly.
Ducorps tree frogs are not the only species who have forfeited leg webs to evolve other adaptations- some of these include:
- Male Giant African Tree Frogs (Conraua goliath)
- Bay Island Black Toads (Bufo marinus)
- Horned frogs and Australian Green Tree Frogs, all who live in habitats that do not require webbing toes as an adaptation!
It is important to note that while many frog species lack swims bladder or webbed feet, there are still a wide variety of environmental niches that they inhabit successfully! This diversity makes it easy to find a stunningly beautiful new frog friend no matter where you travel on earth.
4. Frog's eyes and heads help them to swallow foods.
Frogs have large eyes and heads compared to their body size. The frog’s eyes, mainly the pupils, are used for underwater vision.
A frog’s head is also helpful in swallowing food because it has a unique suction-like tongue that helps them swallow foods whole without chewing.
The frog then brings its head back up again so it can repeat this process over and over while sitting on top of water lilies or other plants near the surface of an area of still water.
In addition, the head of a frog is used for many purposes other than swallowing, such as sensory perception.
Frogs' heads are covered in sensitive nerves and receptors that help them explore their habitat by sensing movement or vibrations on the water's surface. This helps frogs to be aware of potential predators nearby and allows them to catch food without being seen!
5. Frogs have 8,000 different types of family members in their amphibian family.
One may think that amphibians only come in two forms: frogs and toads. However, there are actually three different types of modern order for these creatures; the Anura (frogs), Urodela (salamanders) and Apoda or caecilians). There is also around 8,000 known species with most being from the frog family (almost 90%).
Amphibian eggs may be laid in water to hatch into tadpoles that grow legs before leaving the water for land or vernal pools. Some amphibians spend their entire life cycle on land, while others lay their eggs underwater then die after breeding.
Among all the amphibian species, frogs are the most familiar to us. Frogs have moist skin that usually makes them slippery and slimy when handled but can be dry or rough in some cases.
They have long hind limbs for leaping on land and strong forelimbs with webbed digits adapted for swimming in water.
Frogs come out at night because they're cold-blooded animals, so their body temperature is determined by the air temperature--and it's cooler outside!
6. A group of birds is called a flock, whereas cattle are called a herd; however, frogs have their own name for groups.
A group of frogs is called army, colony, or chorus. When frogs are grouped together, they help one another to avoid predators. They also provide protection for the eggs and tadpoles that may be in the pond or other water source where they live.
Frogs can't hop very quickly on land because of their short hind legs, so when there's a lot of them all at once, it's much easier for them to find safety from threats like birds nearby up-close predators such as snakes.
A frog army is an effective way to protect themselves against things like bird attacks or even larger animals! It might seem strange how frogs have come up with this clever strategy. Still, scientists believe it has something to do with evolution — over time; many different species evolved into more social creatures rather than solitary ones.
7. A Frog Sheds Off Its Skin Once a Week and Eats It!
Frogs are amphibians that spend most of their time in the water. They breathe through their skin, which is why they must drink a lot to stay wet and hydrated!
Frogs always need hydration, but they have a few tricks up their sleeves to avoid drying out. The mucus on the skin helps keep it moist and oxygenated, which is essential for breathing.
Toads don't lose moisture as quickly, so they can live farther away from water sources than frogs without harming themselves too much; that's why you may see them found under logs or rocks near wet areas.
If all else fails, these amphibians will rely on dew droplets or head underground where soil retains its moisture longer!
When a frog sheds its skin, it does so with the help of some cardiovascular exercise. The process begins when the old layers are loosened up and then pulled over their head like an oversized sweater to be discarded on-site as if they were leftovers from last night's dinner.
8. You Can See Everything Inside a Glass Frog!
This strange creature's skin is see-through, which makes it a perfect specimen for scientists. You can even watch its heartbeat and stomach digest food!
This tiny amphibian measures just two inches long and can jump more than ten feet in one leap! Despite their tiny stature, these frogs live up to 14 years old, making them some of the longest living animals on Earth. These display incredible balancing skills while keeping their eggs safe from predators.
The glass frog has translucent skin that makes them especially rare and lovely. Biologists continue to discover new species of this type of frog in tropical rainforests all over the world, even though they are hard to see and capture.
9. The American Green Tree Frogs Aren't Always Green.
American Green Tree Frogs are usually lime green. But, they can be olive green, brown, or gray when calm and resting. They can also have a white, yellow, or sometimes iridescent stripe along each side of their body. Their color depends on the activity.
In general, these little frogs are nocturnal creatures, and they will be much more active once the lights go out. Males often call for most of the year after being misted in their tank.
Still, American Red-eye Tree Frogs may occasionally come out onto land during daylight hours, especially males who want to show off for females, which is why we see them in the daytime.
American Red-eye Tree Frogs are more active during daylight hours than American Green Tree Frogs, but American Green Tree Frogs will also come out onto land and be active when it's warmer outside or when they want to find a better place for eating.
10. Cricket Frogs Can Jump an Astounding 36-times Their Heights!
Who knew that frogs could jump so high? Cricket frogs can leap up to 6 feet in one go, which is over 36 times their body length! Imagine a 5-foot tall person jumping 180 ft. That's how impressive these hops are for cricket froglets.
Tendon elastic structures allow frogs to jump as high and far as they do. When a frog's leg is stretched, like when it jumps onto the ground or water from high up in the air, its tendon releases this tension for energy that propels them into an even higher leap than before.
The tendons are what makes these animals so unique and fascinating!
However, this jumping fact is true not only for cricket frogs! Other frogs, such as the tiny green tree frog, can leap up to 20 times its height.
The American bullfrog can jump up to 20 times its height, but it is not the champion of leaping. In fact, there are a few frogs that can out jump this amphibian.
One particular frog—the Galago or Bushbaby (Galago senegalensis)—has been seen leaping from branch to branch at heights as high as 45 feet and covering distances of more than 30 feet in one jump! This makes these tiny tree-dwelling creatures some of our planet’s most impressive leapers.
A study published in 2007 found that female green tree frogs were able to make leaps between trees on average about five feet off the ground without injury. They also proved adept at landing safely while carrying their eggs.
Did you know, Noa Möller achieved the longest frog jump record in Stockholm in November 2011? He jumped 3 ft. 11 inches at Palatset and set a new world record for this event!
We hope you found this post about frogs exciting and informative. You can also find out more about their benefits here!
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