We don’t know about you, but our knowledge about frogs is, or was, very limited. And the thing is, most of us have probably had a run-in with a frog or two; whether that looked like finding one in the yard or our siblings terrorizing us with them when we were younger. (We haven’t forgotten.) So please enjoy the following frog facts and remember how cool these creatures are the next time you’re outside. And maybe don’t scream in their tiny faces. Let’s get started!
Frogs live everywhere. Seriously! That’s why we all know what a frog is because they live on every continent with the exception of Antarctica. So remember while you’re traveling abroad that if you’re ever in search of the familiar, you can always turn to frogs.
Frogs shed their skin and they do this about once a week. And the kicker? After they shed their skin they eat it. We don’t really have a lot of words for this.
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Frogs have some crazy, cool eyes. These silly little beady peepers have (nearly) 180-degree vision. Their eye positions allow them to see in front of, to the side, and slightly behind them. And it doesn’t stop there, they’re also nocturnal which means they have night-vision for hunting, well, at night.
Among the thousands of different species of frogs, there exists Darwin’s frog. And when Darwin’s frog tadpoles hatch, the male then swallows them. He then holds the tadpoles in his vocal sac for roughly two months, and once the two months are up the male frog coughs up fully formed frogs. Now we want you to just stop for a second and think about what this would look like if humans did this.
Frogs lack the ability to drink water. Ever notice how most frogs you find are hanging out by a body of water? This is because they absorb water through their slimy skin rather than drink it.
Another species of frog that exists is known as the glass frog. And the glass frog is totally see-through. You can see its internal organs, bones, and muscles, as well as its heart beating and its stomach digesting food. Kinda like those see-through phones in the 90s, but way cooler!
(image via: national geographic)
Speaking of interesting species of frogs that exist, there’s one known as the waxy monkey frog and this frog secretes a wax from its neck and then uses its little legs to rub the wax all over its body. This wax prevents the frog’s skin from drying out in the sunlight.