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Frogs for kids

Learn about frogs of all kinds.


leopard frogHere's lots of stuff about frogs! You can see pictures of frogs, find out what kinds of frogs live in Minnesota, hear what their calls sound like, print out pages to color and learn lots about frogs!

Did you know?

  • Frogs absorb water through their skin so they don't need to drink.


  • Frogs can lay as many as 4,000 eggs in frogspawn.


  • The eyes and nose of a frog are on top of its head so it can breathe and see when most of its body is under the water.


  • Frogs need both water and land to live.


  • A frog can change the color of its skin depending on its surroundings.


  • Frogs have long back legs and webbed feet for jumping and swimming.


  • Certain frogs can jump up to 20 times their own body length in a single leap.


  • Frogs usually eat meat (bugs and worms) and swallow their food whole.


  • The world's biggest frog is the goliath frog from Cameroon in West Africa. Their body can be one-foot long.


  • The smallest frogs in the world are less than half-an-inch long.


  • The eggs of the marsupial frog are laid in a brood pouch on the mothers back and the young hatch out in a zipper-like fashion from the pouch.


  • In the Seychelles, there is a male frog that carries its young around on its back until they become adults.


  • Research has shown that Ammonium Nitrate (a fertilizer) can cause agonizing death for frogs. This fertilizer is spread on fields in the spring when frogs are migrating. Frogs suffer a massive toxic attack if they come in contact with it.


  • Asian tree frogs build nests in trees over water so when their tadpoles hatch, they drop directly into the water.


  • People who study frogs and toads are called herpetologists. Herpetology is the study of amphibians and reptiles.


  • Frog bones form a new ring every year when the frog is hibernating, just like trees do. Scientists can count these rings to discover the age of the frog.


  • The wax frog retains moisture in dry weather by producing wax from its skin and coating itself in it.


  • Because frogs come out in the rain, people used to think that they fell to earth in the rain! And in nineteenth century England, people tried catching them to prove it.


  • One type of desert frog can wait as long as seven years for water by surrounding itself in a type of transparent bag that becomes its first meal once the rain comes.


  • Amphibians' eyes come in all shapes and sizes. Some even have square or heart shaped pupils. But amphibians don't see color -- they only see in black or white.


  • A frog's skin reflects the same amount of ultraviolet light as its immediate surroundings. This way it can protect itself from predators like snakes.


  • The golden dart frog is the most poisonous frog on earth and the skin of one frog could kill up to 1,000 people.


  • In recent years, a painkiller with 200 times the power of morphine has been found in the skin of a frog.


  • Some frogs can survive in conditions well below freezing. The Grey Tree Frog. for example, can survive even though its heart stops. It does this by making its own antifreeze, which stops its body from freezing completely.


  • The male Darwins Frog takes its mate's eggs into its mouth as soon as they show signs of life and they stay there until they emerge as fully grown froglets.


  • Frogs cannot live in the sea or any salt water.


  • There are more than 4,000 types of amphibians in the world, but Europe has very few--only 45 species.


  • Many of the most brightly colored tropical frogs are colored in this way to warn predators that they are poisonous.

These "Did You Know" facts are from the Irish Peatland Conservation Council's "Hop to It!" frog pages and are used with permission.

Minnesota Frogs

Minnesota has 11 species of frogs and 3 species of toads! Here are pictures and sounds of some of the more common species.

(Rana catesbeiana)

Green Frog
Green Frog
(Rana clamitans)

Grey Treefrog
Grey Treefrog
(Hyla chrysoscellis)

Leopard Frog
Northern Leopard Frog
Rana pipiens

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Spring Peeper
(Pseudacris crucifer)

Western Chorus Frog
Western Chorus Frog
(Pseudacris triseriata)

wood frog
Wood Frog
(Rana sylvatica)

American Toad
American Toad
(Bufo americanus)

The above photos and recordings are courtesy of Andy Clay and are used with permission.

The other frogs found in Minnesota include:

  • Cope's Grey Treefrog
  • Mink Frog
  • Northern Cricket Frog
  • Pickerel Frog
  • Great Plains Toad
  • Canadian Toad

Want to see frogs in action? Watch videos of frogs calling in their natural environment at Frog Calls. exit to Web

You can see pictures of these at the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources' Web site. exit.gif - 0.16 K

Frog Jokes for Kids

Q: Why are frogs so happy?
A: They eat whatever bugs them!

Q: What happens when two frogs collide?
A: They get tongue tied!

Q: How does a frog feel when he has a broken leg?
A: Unhoppy.

Q: What happens when you mix a frog with a bathtub scrubby-mit?
A: A rubbit!

Q: Why did the frog read Sherlock Holmes?
A: He liked a good croak and dagger.

Q: What happened to the frog's car when his parking meter expired?
A: It got toad!!

Q: What's green green green green green?
A: A frog rolling down a hill

Q: What is a frog's favorite game?
A: Croaket

Q: What did the frog order at McDonald's?
A: A hoppy meal with French flies and a diet croak

Q: Why did the frog say meow?
A: He was learning a foreign language.

Q: Why did the frog go to the hospital?
A: He needed a "hopperation" !

Q: What is the thirstiest frog in the world?
A: The one who drinks Canada Dry!

Q: How deep can a frog go?
A: Knee-deep Knee-deep!

Q: What do stylish frogs wear?
A: Jumpsuits!

Q: What does a bankrupt frog say?
A: "Baroke, baroke, baroke."

Last modified on Tuesday, November 26, 2013 13:10

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