Nature Notes

Vol. XII February - 1934 No. 2

Facts about frogs

  1. - A tadpole, at certain stages in its metamorphosis, has the power of regeneration. That is, it can grow a new toe or leg if the original member has been snipped off.

  2. - Frogs hibernate in winter in soft mud and in medieval times it was thought that these amphibians were derived from the ooze and mud of swamps.

  3. - A frog can easily make a jump of about twenty times its length, as compared to the average man's jump of about three times his length.

  4. - The female frog never sings. It is the voice of the male that one hears during the mating season.

  5. - The tongue of the frog is possessed of a sticky substance which facilitates the capturing of insects.

  6. - The tongue of a frog is attached to the front of the lower jaw, and when the mouth is closed lies flat and pointing down the throat. In this manner the frog gets the use of the full length of his tongue is catching insects.

  7. - The frog completely fills his stomach about four times each twenty-four hours.


The eggs of the toad are laid in long strings that look something like this.


Many amphibians lay their eggs in small masses. Such is true of the Pacific Coast Newt, Pacific Giant Salamander, Western Red-backed Salamander, etc.

The Western Spotted Frog and Wood Frog lay their eggs in large masses that are familiar sights on the surface of ponds in the spring.

<<< Previous
> Cover <
Next >>>