Name and classification of frogs
- Frogs are tailess amphibians (classification group).
- Amphibians live part of their life in water and part of their life on land.
- They are cold-blooded, vertebrate animals.
- The frog belongs to the family Ranidae.
- The family has more than 4000 species.
Identifying features of frogs
- Frogs have two bulging eyes.
- They have strong, long, webbed hind feet for leaping and swimming.
- Frogs have big round ears on the side of their head called tympanum. These are located behind their eyes and are protected by a membrane.
- They use long sticky tongues to capture their food.
What do frogs eat
- Frogs are carnivores, they eat meat such as:
insects including flies, mosquitoes, moths, dragonflies
grasshoppers and worms.
The habitat – where frogs live
- Frogs are found all over the world in every climate except Antarctica.
- They can be found near any fresh water but prefer ponds, lakes and marshes.
- Frogs can be found in deserts, rainforests, mountains and caves.
The life cycle of frogs
- Frogs begin their life as frog eggs.
- Tadpoles hatch from the eggs.
- Tadpoles turn into froglets – the body forms legs.
- The froglet’s tail shrinks, the lungs develop and the back legs grow. It is now a frog.
Some interesting facts about frogs
- Frogs drink water and breathe through their skin
- Frogs are able to sleep with their eyes open
- Frogs can jump up to 20 times their body length
- Amphibians must shed their skin as they grow
Other interesting facts about frogs
- They have a three chambered heart
- If you want a frog as a pet you have to have a license
- Frogs look cute but feel slimy
- Brightly colored frogs are usually poisonous
- Many frogs are endangered species
Frogs are my favourite animal because they are green which is my favourite colour. They can be all different shapes, sizes and colours.