Frogs primarily croak to advertise their fitness to perspective mates. The males are responsible for the vast majority of the croaks heard in a typical chorus, but the females of some species can also create vocalizations. When a female hears a frog with an attractive call, she approaches him and allows him to mount her and achieve amplexus.Know More
Every species of frog has a distinctive call. This allows males and females of the same species to find each other, breed and produce viable offspring. In fact, some frog species are visually identical, and they were thought to be a single species until their calls were analyzed, indicating that two species were masquerading as one.
Sometimes, an over-anxious male grabs another male and attempts to breed with him. When this happens, the male mistaken for a female then produces something called a release call. Release calls instruct the mounting frog that he has mistakenly grabbed an inappropriate mate.
Some frogs also make vocalizations when they are grabbed by a predator. This is called a predator call, and both sexes are capable of producing these sounds. Such sounds are thought to startle the predator, or in the case of snakes and other animals that cannot hear, attract secondary predators. These secondary predators may attack the primary predator, allowing the frog to escape.Learn more about Frogs
Frogs typically eat insects and make frequent vocalizations. These behaviors are common to all frogs but vary according to species, seasons and the local environment.Full Answer >
The lifespan of frogs varies significantly depending on species and habitat. The oldest frog ever recorded was a European common toad that lived for 40 years. A measurement of skeleton growth in wild mountain yellow-legged frogs had shown that one had lived for roughly 14 years.Full Answer >
Frogs are vertebrates because they have a full skeletal structure that includes a spinal cord. The term vertebrate is derived from the word “vertebrae,” which is a bone in the spinal cord.Full Answer >
Adult frogs breathe through the skin when under water. They have thin skin, which has a massive network of blood vessels and capillaries under it. Oxygen enters the frogâ€™s body through the skin and goes into the blood stream, which carries it to the rest of the body. Once the blood cells have released the oxygen, they absorb carbon dioxide and carry it back to the skin for excretion.Full Answer >