There are around 6,600 frog species – and roughly 100 new ones are discovered every year! They’re found on every continent except Antarctica.
Here are nine more fascinating frog facts you might not know…
- 1. Many frog species care for their offspring. The poison dart frog for example, lays its eggs on the forest floor so it can guard them and urinates on them to keep them moist!
- 2. A frog’s call is unique to its species – and some frog calls can be heard up to a mile away.
- 3. Some frogs can jump over 20 times their own body length – that’s the equivalent of a human jumping 30 metres!
- 4. Females of some frog species – like the mountain chicken – keep a regular check on their offspring (tadpoles). If food becomes scarce, she will deposit unfertilised eggs for the tadpoles to eat.
- 5. One of the ways you can tell a male frog from a female is by looking at their ears, which are located right behind the eyes. If it’s larger than the frog’s eye, it’s a male… if it is smaller, it’s a female.
- 6. Frogs don’t drink water with their mouths – they absorb it through their skin.
- 7. The world’s largest frog is the goliath frog of West Africa — it can grow to 38cm and weigh up to 3kg!
- 8. Frogs in captivity have been known to live more than 20 years.
- 9. Toads are frogs. The word “toad” is usually used for frogs that have warty and dry skin, as well as shorter hind legs.
Around 40% of amphibian species are currently threatened with extinction. Durrell is on a mission to make sure frogs and other amphibians do not disappear forever.
Please, if you can, help us to secure the survival of threatened amphibians in some of the most at risk locations on the planet by donating today. Thank you.