Many species of frog care for their offspring. For example some poison dart frogs lay their eggs on the forest floor so they can guard them and urinate on them to keep them moist.
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Facts about frogs
- There are over 5,000 species of frog.
- Frogs don’t need to drink water as they absorb it through their skin.
- A frog’s call is unique to its species, and some frog calls can be heard up to a mile away.
- Some frogs can jump over 20 times their own body length; that is like a human jumping 30m.
- Many species of frog care for their offspring. For example some poison dart frogs lay their eggs on the forest floor so they can guard them and urinate on them to keep them moist.
- Females of some frog species keep a regular check on their offspring (tadpoles) and if food becomes scarce she will deposit unfertilised eggs for them to eat.
- Asian tree frogs build nests in trees above water so that when the tadpoles hatch they fall directly into the water.
- Due to their permeable skin, typically biphastic life (aquatic larvae and terrestrial adults), and mid-position in the food web frogs and other amphibians are excellent biological indicators of the wider health of ecosystems.
- Since Pictish times, the frog has been considered lucky in Scotland. This is why stone frogs are commonly kept in gardens and often given as housewarming gifts.
- In Egypt the frog is the symbol of life and fertility, and in Egyptian mythology Heget is a frog-goddess who represents fertility.
- Frogs are used in experiments in the UK. Find out more about OneKind's Let's not turn back the clock on cruelty campaign to ensure welfare standards in the UK are not lowered.
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