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Frogs

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Frogs

Frogs are amphibians. They live part of their life cycle underwater, breathing through gills, and part of their life cycle on land, breathing with lungs. ‘Amphibian’ comes from two Greek words – amphi meaning ‘both’ or 'two' and bios meaning ‘life’. Frogs start their lives as eggs laid in water. After a week or so they hatch, as tadpoles, and swim around eating tiny animals, algae and other plant life in the water. Gradually they lose th..

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Peron’s Tree Frog

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Peron’s Tree Frog

The Peron’s Tree Frog is a noisy creature. Just when we are getting ready for bed, these buddies are starting their evening call. The Peron’s Tree Frog looks almost identical to the Tyler’s Tree Frog. One of the best ways to tell them apart is by their calls. The Peron’s Tree Frog sounds more like heavy machinery whereas the Tyler’s Tree Frog’s call is more like a cackling laugh. Depending on light, temperature, and moisture, the Pero..

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Striped Marsh Frog

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Striped Marsh Frog

Moving from water to land is not a Striped Marsh Frog's only change as they turn from tadpoles to frogs. Their daily menu makes some radical changes too. As tadpoles, these vegetarians feed on algae. After morphing, they drop their tails and their clean green diet, fast becoming keen hunters. Striped Marsh Frogs eat any animal they can fit into their mouths, like smaller frogs, birds and mice. They swallow their food whole by using t..

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