19 Amphibian Facts for Kids
Frogs and toads are the most common types of amphibious animals that we think of. Amphibians can live both on water and on land at the same time. But what else do you know about amphibians? If you would like to learn more, simply read this article. Here, we will tell you some fun facts about amphibians.
1. It is thought that amphibians were the first sort of animals with a skeleton and spine to emerge from the water to walk on solid land.
2. Frogs, toads, salamanders, newts, and caecilians (blindworms) are all amphibians.
3. All amphibians have webbed feet.
4. The skin of amphibians have no hair or fur. Instead, their skin is smooth and damp.
5. Amphibians (except caecilians) have at least 4 legs. Others have more.
6. Although you might be familiar with frogs, toads, and salamanders, caecilians look like either snakes or worms.
7. Amphibians are cold blooded animals. This is why you might see them sunning. They are using the heat from the sun to maintain their body temperature.
8. Most amphibians live in tropical climates. They cannot live in salty water, though.
9. Frogs have eyes that will never close. They can also see all directions with their eyes.
10. Even though they have lungs, frogs also breathe through their skin. This is why it must remain wet.
11. Frogs do not need to drink water. Instead, they absorb it. The same goes for many amphibians.
12. An army is the name for a group of many frogs all together.
13. Amphibians most often hatch from eggs. Over time, their bodies will gradually change, or go through metamorphosis. An example of this is how a frog changes from a tadpole to an adult frog.
14. Although the larvae (babies) of many amphibians eat only plants, grown amphibians most often are predators that eat other animals.
15. The Chinese Giant Salamander is the largest amphibian in the whole world. It can weigh up to 140 pounds.
16. The smallest frog in the world only grows to be about .3 inches long! It is also the world’s smallest amphibian.
17. If an amphibian’s skin dries out, they will die.
18. Because they breathe with both lungs and skin, via water, most amphibians are very easily harmed by either pollution in the air or in the water.
19. Some amphibians are listed as endangered species. However, as a whole, the population of the amphibians around the world is currently dropping. This could be due to habitat destruction and pollution.