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How many species of frogs are there?

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Approximately 4,740 species of frogs exist across the globe. Frogs are found in every continent of the world except for Antarctica. The highest concentrations of frogs are found in warm, wet, tropical climates.

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How many species of frogs are there?
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Frogs and toads belong to the Anura order in the class of amphibians. The word "amphibian" comes from the Greek and means "both lives." The majority of frogs are born in the water and live the first part of their lives as aquatic tadpoles. As they mature, they lose their tails and gain the legs that let them exist on land as well as in the water.

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    What do frogs eat?

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    What do frogs have in their mouth that toads don't?

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    Nearly all species of frogs have several types of teeth on their upper jaws, while no species of toad has teeth. The two types of teeth frogs have are called vomerine teeth and maxillary teeth. Frogs continue to shed and regrow their teeth throughout their entire lives.

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    While most frogs have teeth of one kind or another, the actual number varies from individual to individual and from species to species, with some frogs displaying only vestigial teeth and others boasting full sets. All frogs have, at the very least, a set of several teeth in their upper jaws which help them to keep prey from escaping their mouths.

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