Frogs and toads are often lumped together as “amphibians” but there are some key differences between these two groups of animals. For example frogs typically have smoother skin than toads and toads often have warty skin. Toads also tend to be stockier and have shorter legs than frogs. Perhaps the most noticeable difference between frogs and toads is that toads generally have dry leathery skin while frogs have moist skin.
One difference that is not immediately apparent is that toads lack teeth while frogs have teeth in their upper jaws. These teeth are called vomerine teeth and they are located on the roof of the mouth. Vomerine teeth are very tiny and are not used for chewing food. Instead they help the frog to grip its prey so that it can be swallowed whole.
While toads do not have teeth they do have something that helps them to grip their food: they have enlarged round flat pads on their thumbs. These pads are called “nuptial pads” and they are only found on the males. During the breeding season the male toad uses these pads to grip the female during mating.
So to sum up: frogs have teeth while toads lack teeth. Toads make up for their lack of teeth by having nuptial pads on their thumbs which help them to grip their food.
How many legs do frogs have?
What is the difference between a frog and a toad?
Toads tend to be dry and warty while frogs are moist and smooth.
Toads also tend to stay close to home while frogs may travel some distance from where they were born.
What do frogs eat?
Small insects and other invertebrates.
Where do frogs live?
Freshwater areas: ponds lakes streams and marshes.
How do frogs reproduce?
By laying eggs in water.
The eggs hatch into tadpoles which then grow into frogs.
How long do frogs live?
4 to 12 years
What is the biggest frog in the world?
The Goliath frog (Conraua goliath) which can grow up to 32 cm (12.
6 in) long and weigh up to 3.
25 kg (7.
What is the smallest frog in the world?
Thegold frog (Psyllophryne didactyla) which is found in Central and South America and only grows to about 10.
6 mm (0.
42 in) long.
What is the most poisonous frog in the world?
The golden poison frog (Phyllobates terribilis) which is found in Colombia.
This frog has enough poison to kill 10 to 20 adult humans.
What is the fastest frog in the world?
The Australian rocket frog (Litoria nasuta) which can jump up to 18 ft (5.
5 m) in a single leap.
Do frogs have teeth?
No frogs do not have teeth.
What do frogs use their tongues for?
Frogs use their tongues to capture prey.
The tongue is attached to the front of the mouth and is very sticky.
What is the average lifespan of a frog?
Most frogs live between 4 and 12 years but some species can live up to 20 years.
What do baby frogs eat?
Baby frogs eat small insects and other invertebrates.
How many times can a frog jump in a day?
A frog can jump up to 20 times its body length in a single day.