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A chorus of frogs
300 frogs : a visual reference to frogs and toads from around the world
Chris Mattison.
Buffalo, N.Y. : Firefly Books, 2007.
A compact visual reference to the habitat, distribution and conservation status of 300 of the world's frogs that combines color photographs, expert text and detailed species profiles -- a straightforward introduction for naturalists and enthusiasts.
     
Frogs : a chorus of colors
John L. Behler, Deborah A. Behler ; foreword by Clyde and Chad Peeling.
New York : Sterling Publishing, c2005.
  1. Includes bibliographical references (p. 156) and index.
  2. "A companion book to the acclaimed traveling exhibition."
     
Frogs : inside their remarkable world
Ellin Beltz.
Buffalo, N.Y. : Firefly Books, 2005.
Beltz, a herpetologist, organizes her study of frogs into a description of each of the 31 families of frogs and includes a history of frogs' roles in the natural world and in myths and folklore, a "frog tree" that shows the relationship among the frog families, and lists of extinct or nearly extinct species. Best of all, handsome photographs of her subjects appear on almost every page. Annotation #169;2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
     
The nature of frogs : amphibians with attitude
Harry Parsons.
Vancouver, [B.C.] ; New York : Greystone Books, c2000
Frogs come in an assortment of forms and occupy virtually every type of habitat. Of the 4000 species of amphibians alive today, over 3,500 are frogs, toads, or related tailless types known as anurans. Learn about their skin; their long, strong legs that facilitate jumping; their relatively short life cycle; and the energy of their mating rituals. Frogs face dangers too: while the eggs and tadpoles are especially vulnerable, even the adults are a favorite delicacy of wading birds, snakes and mammals.
     
Aristophanes' Lysistrata, The Birds, The Clouds, The Frogs : notes
by Gary Carey and James L. Roberts.
Lincoln, Neb. : Cliffs Notes, c1983.
These are the 'Cliff Notes' on Aristophanes' Comedies. Lysistrata, The Birds, The Clouds, and The Frogs.
     

What small, tailless animal lives on every continent except Antarctica? Frogs.

These amphibians appeared on earth about 213 million years ago, during the Jurassic Period. Currently, there are approximately 4,100 species of frogs. Frogs range in color and size.

  • The smallest frog is only half an inch long.
  • The largest frog, named the Goliath, can be found in west central Africa. It grows to about twelve inches long.
  • In North America the most common frog is the green leopard frog. 
  • Large bullfrogs may be found while fishing on the edge of a river. When caught they let out a cry! Bullfrogs may grow up to 8 inches in length.
  • A chorus of frogs may be heard along creeks and streams from the North American tree frogs. These little beige frogs use the pads on their feet to help them cling to the sides of trees.
  • The termite frog lives in in Africa. These frogs live in burrows underground and eat ants and termites.

Humans and frogs have a long history. Did you know that the Ancient Egyptians used a character of a frog's profile to represent the number 100,000?

Frog or Toad?

Frogs:
long legs and arms
smooth skin
find in lower temperatures and moister places

Toads:
short legs and arms
warty skin
saggy skin
find in higher temperatures and drier places

People benefit from frogs in several ways:

  • They eat insects, that otherwise may become serious pests.
  • Are raised for their edible legs. This delicacy is an haute cuisine in French cookery.
  • Biology instructors commonly have students dissect frogs to learn anatomy.

Frogs can make good pets. They do not require a lot of maintenance. But a frog needs a clean home, regular feeding, and the understanding that it may grow quite large. White tree frogs and African dwarf frogs are two of the best species for a first froggy pet.

Article by: St. Louis Public Library staff