Frogs & Toads
Some frogs and toads look very much alike. They are cousins in
the animal family, but frogs and toads are not the same.
Frogs have round bodies, big heads, and no necks. Their eyes
stick out from the tops of their heads. They also have big mouths and sticky
tongues. Many types of frogs have teeth on their upper jaws.
Frog skin is smooth. It also feels wet, as if the frog has just
stepped out of a shower. So about every ten days, when their skin becomes too
tight, frogs shed their old skin. They have brand new skin underneath.
Frogs have short front legs and long back legs. Their back legs
are also very strong. This allows them to move quickly by jumping long
Most types of frogs need to live close to water. Their bodies
are made for living in water. During the day, you might find some frogs sitting
near water. They never go very far away from it, though.
Toads have stout bodies, big heads, and no necks. Their eyes sit
on top of their heads, and they also have big mouths and sticky tongues. Toads
do not have teeth.
Toads have short back legs. They take short hops to get from one
place to another. Their back legs are for hopping instead of jumping. It takes
them quite a while to get to where they want to be.
Most toads live on land. Some live many miles away from water.
Others go into the water only to lay their eggs. Toads often hide during the
day. They like to come out after dark, then go back to their hiding places in
Toads have skin that is bumpy and rough. It feels dry. Toads
also take off their old skin. However, they need new skin every three or four
Frogs and toads may look the same, but they are different in many ways. No
matter which you see, both frogs and toads are fun to watch.