Frogs by Gail GibbonsFrom tiny tadpoles to massive master jumpers, explore the lives of frogs in this detailed introduction!
How far can frogs jump? Why do their eggs look slimy? Answer these questions and many more in this illustrated introduction to amphibians, and learn about the unique role frogs play in the environment.
With her signature bright, well-labeled diagrams and simple text, Gail Gibbons introduces the habitat and life cycles of frogs, and gives a brief overview of common frog behaviors. Important vocabulary is introduced, defined, and reinforced with kid-friendly language and clear illustrations--plus a page of intriguing frog trivia.
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Background: As members of the class Amphibia , frogs may live some of their adult lives on land, but they must return to water to reproduce. Eggs are laid and fertilized in water. The third lid, called the nictitating membrane , is transparent. Inside the mouth are two internal nares, or openings into the nostrils; two vomerine teeth in the middle of the roof of the mouth; and two maxillary teeth at the sides of the mouth. Also inside the mouth behind the tongue is the pharynx , or throat. In the pharynx, there are several openings: one into the esophagus , the tube into which food is swallowed; one into the glottis , through which air enters the larynx , or voice box; and two into the Eustachian tubes , which connect the pharynx to the ear. The digestive system consists of the organs of the digestive tract, or food tube, and the digestive glands.
Frogs are animals that belong to the class Amphibia, commonly known as amphibians. Amphibians live both on land and in the water; sometimes they live in water only before they are fully grown. They have moist skin that water can pass in and out of, and most of them spend part of their life in the tadpole-like larva stage before they mature in the water. What makes frogs different from other amphibians? They have smooth skin, are usually tailless as adults, and have the ability to leap. Some frogs are aquatic , spending most of their time in the water. Others are terrestrial , staying mostly on land or in trees.
Anatomy : Frogs and toads belong to the order Anura meaning "without a tail", since most have no tail in their adult form. They also have a very short backbone. Hind Legs Long, powerful jumping legs; most frogs have webbed hind feet. Shorter legs for walking Eggs Eggs laid in clusters Eggs laid in long chains but a few toads give birth to live young Diet : Frogs and toads eat insects , spiders, small fish, worms and other tiny animals. They catch them with their long, sticky tongue. Life Cycle: Like all amphibians, frogs spend their lives near water because they must return to the water to lay their eggs. Frogs and toads begin their lives as tiny eggs laid in clusters on or very near the water.
A diagram showing the external anatomy of a frog. Look at how each limb of the frog contributes to it's everyday movement in life.
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If you wanted to draw a diagram of frog anatomy you might be surprised at how many parts there are in that little amphibian. Frogs live on land most of the time, but they are amphibians because they are born in the water because the female frogs lay their eggs under water, and they start their life as tadpoles, which have gills and can only live under water. The anatomy of a tadpole is a tail, a mouth, and some gills until it begins to turn into a frog. In order to correctly make a diagram of frog anatomy you could look at a biology book and find pictures of the inside of a frog, or you could do a frog dissection. Frog dissection sounds really gross, but once you get the frog opened it is really very cool. Inside the frog you will be able to see all of the frog anatomy for your diagram.
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