Frogs are interesting creatures…by classification, they are amphibians that have been around an estimated 360+ million years. They come in a variety of shapes and sizes, and have some fascinating characteristics.
Here are a few fun facts:
– There are more than 5,000 species of frogs and toads to be exact!
– Some species are incredibly colorful, while some have the protective coloring to allow them to blend in with their surroundings.
– The smallest frog known is about 10mm long (about the width of your pinky fingernail), up to about a foot in length and 6+ pounds!
– While tadpoles have gills (like a fish), most adult frogs have lungs like you and me.
– Their skin is incredible–it allows them to absorb both water and oxygen right through it!
– Most species of frogs live an average of 6-7 years.
And how about this…ever wondered about the jumping frog? Rumor has it that a frog species found down under (Australia) can jump a distance equivalent to more than 50 times it’s body length. So to get some perspective, that means a 6′ tall human could jump 300 feet? That’s 100 yards, the equivalent of jumping end-zone to end-zone of a football field…incredible!
Frogs can make great pets, but you should definitely research and learn about the different species of frogs before making a decision. And, if you’d like to get involved on April 26th for annual Save the Frogs Day, visit www.savethefrogs.com/day to learn more.