Fred is a very determined frog. One of his back legs is shorter than the other. At first, jumping with his short leg was a challenge, and some of the other frogs said he couldn’t do it. But Fred didn’t listen to them. He found his own special way to jump and is now one of the best jumpers! In fact, he likes to jump so much that he finds it hard to stay still, which sometimes gets him into trouble.
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Fun Facts About Frogs
- A group of frogs is called an army.
- Frogs lay their eggs in water. The eggs hatch into a tadpole which lives in water until it changes into an adult frog in about 12 to 16 weeks.
- Frogs have very powerful back legs that help them jump great distances. Some frogs can jump up to 20 times the length of their own body in a single jump.
- A frog’s tongue is attached to the front of its mouth. Frogs use their long, sticky tongues to catch insects and other prey.
- Frogs don’t drink water. They absorb it through their skin.
- Frogs have very good eyesight. The eyes of a frog bulge out of the sides of its head and it can see in nearly all directions without moving its head.
- Frogs are cold-blooded, so their bodies are the same temperature as the air or water around them.
- When a frog swallows a meal, it squeezes its large eyes closed. The eyes actually sink down into the frog’s head, helping to push food down a frog’s throat.
- About once a week, frogs shed their skin. First, the frog bends, twists and stretches to loosen the old skin. Then the frog pulls the skin over its head like a sweater and eats it.
Amphibians vs. Mammals
Frogs are part of a group of animals called amphibians. Amphibian means “two lives.” Frogs live part of their lives in water and part on land.
Amphibians differ from mammals in the following ways.
- Mammals are warm blooded.
- Mammals give live birth.
- Mammals have only lungs for their entire lives.
- Mammals feed their babies milk.
- Mammals have fur or hair.
- Amphibians are cold-blooded
- Amphibians lay eggs.
- Amphibians are born with gills.
- Amphibians do not feed their babies milk.
- Amphibians have smooth, bare skin.