Comparison and Contrast Between Frogs and Toads

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SIMILARITIES AND DISSIMILARITIES BETWEEN FROGS AND TOADS.

Most people find it very difficult to differentiate between a frog and a toad. They often mix them up. Their physical features are very much alike. The physical distinctions, however, can easily get blurred because sometimes the features appear mixed or less obvious, and certain species even legitimately fall into both categories. Although frogs and toads seem similar in appearance, they are very different on the basis of origin, habitat, life span, reproduction and to some extent, appearance. Frogs are very unique. They are found in many different shapes, sizes, colors, and textures. Frogs have smooth, wet skin. They possess smooth or slimy, green or brown skin with dark markings. They have pointed heads and strong, long, webbed hind feet that are adapted for leaping and swimming. They have different eye colors including brown, silver, green, gold and red along with different shapes and sizes of pupils. Some of the frogs have sticky padding on their feet while others have webbed feet. It is obvious that not even all the frogs have the same qualities. Frogs have teeth in their upper jaw. They live most of the time in or near water. They are active day as well as night. Males call while floating or sitting in water. Females do not call during the breeding season, but they may give a distress call when captured by a predator. Many species lay eggs in a film on the surface of the water, while others lay eggs in large clumps attached to vegetation. Tadpoles of true frogs may take two years or more to transform into adults. They can be found almost everywhere excluding Greenland, Antarctica, Madagascar, New Zealand, and Australia. A group of frogs is called an army of frogs. The average life span of a frog is ten years. Frogs belong to the Ranidae family containing more than 400 species. Members of this family include the bullfrog, common frog, green frog, leopard frog, marsh frog,...
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