Identifying Frogs

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There are between 45,000 and 50,000 different species of frogs, so identifying different species requires identification charts or field guides. Find out how to use the Internet to identify frogs with help from a veterinarian in this free video on frogs and pet care.

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We're going to talk about how to identify frogs. There are approximately forty-five to five thousand different species of frog, and so that is a tremendous amount, and so frogs and toads are kind of blanketed under the the term frog, but they do vary just a little bit. Identification charts, this one happens to be frogs and toads of Tennessee, but those types of charts are available through some state parks that can help you identify frogs and toads. Also there are lots of field guides that are available too, some that combine reptiles and amphibians together, frogs being amphibians. Another place that you can find would be the Internet. Sometimes searching an Internet source for patterns and things like that of the skin, or patterns behind the eyes are very important sometimes on identifying some of these guys. Also identifying them comes into play, their chirp, or their vocalization. So that can identify the type of frog or toad as well. These guys are a wild species and so you want to leave them alone. You do not want to handle them. The best thing you can do for them is to take a picture and then leave them in their environment. In most states, it's illegal to grab one of these things and bring it home and keep it as a pet, so it's just important to know that. So, anyway, there are lots of sources to identify frogs and toads, and there are many, many species of them and so sometimes it can be quite difficult, especially if they are a young version of that species.

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