Animals are one of those subjects that I love, especially because I love animals so much. They all fascinate me in some way or another and amphibians are one of those things I love taking a look at. I love what’s similar about them, but more importantly, I love what’s different about them.
Frogs are one of the most easily spotted amphibians. They’re very distinctive from their appearance and their famous “croaking” sound. Bull frogs have a stronger “croaking” sound, which is why they’re called bull frogs. Like other amphibians, they are cold-blooded, which means they take on the temperature of their environment so they have to work at maintaining the right temperature at all times, just like reptiles do.
The main thing that makes a toad distinctive from a frog, is that it’s more drier and splotchy in appearance. Frogs, on the other hand are more aquatic and moist in appearance. Some species have poisonous skin, which is used for darts by natives who live in the general area against prey or enemies.
Salamanders are perhaps one of the most diverse of amphibians. They are mostly aquatic with some species retaining their appearance from their days as larvae. Other species lack limbs and resembles eels. Depending on where they live, some can lack vision.
This is a type of amphibian that most people aren’t aware of. What makes them the most unique is that they have absolutely no limbs making the larger species resemble snakes and the smaller species to resemble earth worms. You rarely get to see this kind of amphibian because of where it lives, and they also live underground. I, for one, would love to see one up close and compare it to the animals it resembles.
Ever heard of “eye of newt?” I didn’t exactly become aware of this amphibian until much later in life. Even with its familiar phrase, I didn’t pay too much attention until I started doing research on what makes amphibians unique. What I love about newts is how much the adults resemble lizards. There is even one species that resembles both a frog and a lizard combined. How cool is that! Newts are also aquatic, with some adults being either semi-aquatic or fully aquatic.
I can’t wait to find out more information on these fascinating creatures!
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