Differences Between Frogs & Toads

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Frogs typically have larger, more bulging eyes than toads, and frogs usually have a more narrow body. Learn about the skin differences between frogs and toads with help from a veterinarian in this free video on frogs, toads and pet care.

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What we're going to talk about is the difference between frogs and toads. Both frogs and toads are in the order Anura, which means without tail. They're subdivided by family, toads and the Bufonidae, and frogs in the Ranidae. And so they further classify frogs and toads differently basically due to their morphology, and what I mean by that is frogs typically have larger bulging eyes, versus toads. Toads have smaller eyes. As far as the body is concerned, frogs have a more narrow body. Toads have a more flattened body. Their skin is a big difference as well. Frogs tend to have a smooth or barely roughened skin whereas toads have a warted and rough, drier skin. That also brings us to their environment. Frogs, typically, are aquatic to semi-aquatic, whereas toads, generally are terrestrial. Toads typically will lay their their eggs in water in stringy mas...stringy types of of methods whereas frogs lay in a gelatinous mass, and so they look a little bit different. Also from the hind legs, frogs have usually a webbed and longer toes on the rear legs so they are adapted for swimming whereas toads do not because they're adapted for jumping and moving on land.

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