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North American Bullfrog (Rana catesbeiana)

There are an infinite number of interesting amphibian facts. (Photo by Joe Milmoe, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)

A frog’s tongue is attached to the front of its mouths rather than at the back like humans. When a frog catches an insect it throws its sticky tongue out of its mouth and wraps it around its prey. The frog’s tongue then snaps back and throws the food down its throat.

Frogs have very good eyesight. Their eyes bulge out the sides of their heads in order for the frog to see in nearly all directions.

You can tell the difference between a male and female frog by the size of its eardrum, which can be seen behind its eyes. If the eardrum is smaller than the eye, the frog is a female, but a male’s eardrum is the same size as the eye.

Frogs have very powerful back legs and webbed feet that help them jump great distances and swim. Frogs even use their legs to dig, or burrow, underground for hibernating.

Most rainforest frogs have pads of sticky hairs on their fingers and toes, as well as, loose sticky skin on their bellies, that make them great climbers to escape their predators.

Some frogs are very good at camouflaging themselves so that they blend in with their environment, making it harder for their enemies to find them.  A frog can change the color of its skin depending on its surroundings.

If you kiss a frog, you will get warts! Just kidding! That’s just a myth probably perpetrated by some princess that wanted to keep all of the frogs to herself!

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Cindy Hoffman, Defenders of Wildlife