Many species of frog care for their offspring. For example some poison dart frogs lay their eggs on the forest floor so they can guard them and urinate on them to keep them moist.
All about the Frog
- There are over 5,000 species of frog.
- Frogs don’t need to drink water as they absorb it through their skin.
- A frog’s call is unique to its species, and some frog calls can be heard up to a mile away.
- Some frogs can jump over 20 times their own body length; that is like a human jumping 30m.
- Many species of frog care for their offspring. For example some poison dart frogs lay their eggs on the forest floor so they can guard them and urinate on them to keep them moist.
- Females of some frog species keep a regular check on their offspring (tadpoles) and if food becomes scarce she will deposit unfertilised eggs for them to eat.
- Asian tree frogs build nests in trees above water so that when the tadpoles hatch they fall directly into the water.
- Due to their permeable skin, typically biphastic life (aquatic larvae and terrestrial adults), and mid-position in the food web frogs and other amphibians are excellent biological indicators of the wider health of ecosystems.
- In Egypt the frog is the symbol of life and fertility, and in Egyptian mythology Heget is a frog-goddess who represents fertility.
- Type: Amphibian
- Diet: Insectivore
- Life span: 5-10 years average, but great variance between species
- Size: Under 10 mm to 300 mm
- Weight: 55 g to 4.5 kg
- Habitat: Depending on the species, frogs can live in habitats as diverse as rain forests and deserts.
- Range: Worldwide distribution. Only not present on Antarctica and some Oceanic islands
- Scientific name: Frogs are amphibians in the order Anura