There are certain sights in nature that have the capability of taking one’s breath away or simply making you feel good! Imagine a peacock dancing in the rain or a butterfly sitting on a beautiful flower or a dolphin taking a huge stride in water -- truly amazing views! However, nature has also given birth to certain animals that make you cringe or shiver at the very mention of their names. Some of these names could be snakes, lizards, cockroaches and scorpions. The frog also falls in the latter list.
The first few adjectives that come to one’s mind at the very mention of this animal would be ugly, slimy or filthy. The fairytale of ‘The Frog Prince’ was probably created by a real nature lover in an attempt to get this creature some respect!
Falling amongst the five categories of vertebrates, frog is an amphibian that means it can survive in water and on land, both. There are believed to be more than 4000 amphibians existing on this earth. Frog is a cold blooded animal. It has the ability to change its body temperature in accordance to the prevailing environmental conditions. Having body length ranging between 1 to 30 centimeters, frogs possess longer hind legs and webbed feet to aid in jumping, leaping and swimming. The animal cannot survive in saline water. The location of the eyes and the nose on top of its head helps the frog to breathe and see while in submerged conditions. In this condition, the eyes are protected from water by the nictitating membrane. The animal does not consume water as the same is absorbed by its skin. Its biggest self defense attribute lies in its ability to change its body color as per the surroundings. Frogs utilize their long sticky tongue to catch their prey in the form of insects, butterflies, snakes, birds and smaller mammals.
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