Awe-ducational: The Frog

Frogs come in all shapes, sizes, and colors and on every continent except Antartica. they have evolved to survive in many different habitats, from forest tree tops to desert sand dunes. So far, scientist have discovered over 6,000 different species of frogs, and new kinds are being found all the time. Frogs are amphibians. You could say that amphibians live double lives; they begin life as a larva that lives in water and breathe with gills. They then go through a metamorphosis, changing into a four-legged adult that can live on land and breathe air. 
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A mother frog can lay up to four thousand eggs. After about ten days the eggs hatch and out comes hundreds of tadpoles. The tadpoles will rest for a moment, then swim for the surface of the pond where it is warm and there is plenty of food. When a tadpole is born it has gills and can breathe under water. At about nine weeks old the tadpole becomes a froglet, it will begin growing legs and its tail will start shrinking. After three month the froglet will start looking more like its parents and is now a frog. 
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FUN FROG FACTS 

  1. A group of frogs is called an army. 

  1. The biggest frog, the Goliath frog from Africa, is as heavy as a newborn baby. 

  1. If you could hop like a frog you would be able to cross a football field in only three hops. 

  1. The golden poison frog has enough poison to kill 20,000 mice. 

  1. The common coqui frog has a call as loud as a lawnmower. 

  1. Some frogs are picky eaters, but others will eat anything including bats and snakes. 

  1. Frog never have to drink. They absorb water through their skin, like a sponge. 

  2. Frogs keep their skin healthy by shedding it often. Some frogs do this once a week, others once a day!
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If you want to learn more about frogs, you can visit the juvenile non-fiction section at the Auburn Hills Public Library. Below are some books that you can check out on the topic.
 

A Frogs Life by Irene Kelly Frogs by Nic Bishop
Extremely Weird Frogs by Sarah Lovett The Frog Book by Steve Jenkins and Robin Page