Frogs are amphibians and reptiles that have skin that is moist and smooth. They typically have short legs and long toes. Some species of frogs can leap long distances. They live on all continents except Antarctica.
Frogs are an important part of the ecosystem. They eat insects which helps to keep the insect population under control. They are also a food source for many predators.
There are more than 6000 species of frogs. They come in a variety of colors including green brown red and blue. Some frogs can change their color to blend in with their surroundings.
Frogs lay eggs in water. The eggs hatch into tadpoles which grow into frogs. Most frogs live for about 2 to 5 years.
In Hawaii there are four species of native frogs three of which are endemic (found only in Hawaii). The fourth species the Greenhouse Frog is native to Puerto Rico and was introduced to Hawaii in 1932.
The three endemic species are the Hawaiian Treefrog the Kaua’i Cave dwelling Frog and the O’ahu Treefrog. The Hawaiian Treefrog is the most common of the three and is found on all the main Hawaiian Islands. The Kaua’i Cave dwelling Frog is found only on the island of Kaua’i and the O’ahu Treefrog is found only on the island of O’ahu.
These three species are all listed as endangered by the US Fish and Wildlife Service. The main threats to these frogs are habitat loss and introduced predators.
What can you do to help these endangered frogs?
You can help by not buying products made from frogs or toads. You can also help by visiting Hawaii and enjoying the islands without harming the environment.
Are there any frogs native to Hawaii?
No there are no native frogs in Hawaii.
All of the frogs in Hawaii are introduced species.
How did frogs get to Hawaii?
The first frogs were probably brought to Hawaii by accident hidden in the mud on the bottom of potted plants or in shipments of Produce.
How many different species of frogs are there in Hawaii?
There are 8 different species of frogs in Hawaii.
What is the most common frog species in Hawaii?
The most common frog species in Hawaii is the Greenhouse frog.
What is the largest frog species in Hawaii?
The largest frog species in Hawaii is the Cane toad.
What is the smallest frog species in Hawaii?
The smallest frog species in Hawaii is the Green treefrog.
What is the most toxic frog species in Hawaii?
The most toxic frog species in Hawaii is the Cane toad.
What do most frog species in Hawaii eat?
Most frog species in Hawaii eat insects.
Where do most frog species in Hawaii live?
Most frog species in Hawaii live in areas with lots of moisture such as near ponds streams or in rainforests.
Do any frog species in Hawaii change color?
Yes some frog species in Hawaii change color.
The Green treefrog for example can change from green to brown.
Are any frog species in Hawaii endangered?
Yes the Hawaiian treefrog is an endangered species.
What is the life span of most frog species in Hawaii?
Most frog species in Hawaii have a life span of 2-5 years.
Do any frog species in Hawaii lay eggs?
Yes all frog species in Hawaii lay eggs.
Do any frog species in Hawaii have teeth?
No frogs do not have teeth.
They have rows of sharppointed projections on their upper and lower jaws that they use to trap and eat their food.
What is the average lifespan of a frog in Hawaii?
The average lifespan of a frog in Hawaii is 2-5 years.