FROGS AND TOADS


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INTRODUCTION

Frogs and toads are included in the class Amphibia, the amphibians. The name indicates that these animals spend part of their lives in water. Amphibians may have been the first land animals, evolving during the Paleozoic era.

Frogs and toads lay their eggs in water.  The eggs hatch
into legless tadpoles which must remain in the water
until, with growth, their legs develop.  Then, as
tiny minatures of the adults, they leave the home pond
and venture forth - sometimes not very far.

Many of the most familiar calls of these animals are heard at
night during the breeding season.  The calls serve a similar
purpose to bird songs, being mating announcements and, in some cases,
territorial announcements, though territoriality is
rarer among amphibians than it is among birds.

Don't expect anyone to give you a hard and fast definition of how
frogs differ from toads.  Toads typically have dry, warty
skin and frogs typically have smooth moist skin, but there
are so many exceptions to that rule that it has little
meaning.  Perhaps we can say that a toad is either dry and
warty or its closest relatives are dry and warty, while a frog
is either smooth and moist or its closest relatives are smooth
and moist.  There.  Didn't that help?

The species listed here are those that can be expected in our area.  You
would have to be very fortunate to find all of them, though at the right season,
and time of day, you will hear some.  The sound files are mp3 files and are faily long.  
Let us know if they are too slow in the download.

Be careful handling frogs and toads.  Some secrete toxins - or an awful smell - when handled.




SPECIES INDEX


  1. American toad
  2. Gray treefrogs
  3. Spring peeper
  4. Bullfrog
  5. Green frog
  6. Pickeral frog
  7. Wood frog
  8. Mink frog
  9. Northern leopard frog
  10. Species descriptions
  11. Page index
  12. General index


SPECIES DESCRIPTIONS






Our thanks to Walter Knapp who provided the recordings and much of the information for this directory. Visit his Guide to the Frogs and Toads of Georgia to learn more about frogs and toads



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GENERAL INDEX


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