Frogs and toads look very alike, but they are actually quite different. Check out some of their differences below:
- Most frogs have long legs and smooth skins covered in mucus. Toads generally have shorter legs and rougher, thicker skins.
- Frogs need to live near water to survive but toads can survive without living near water.
- Frogs take long high jumps when they want to move, but toads will run or take small hops rather than jump. Usually, frogs have legs that are much bigger and stronger which are adapted for jumping and swimming when compared to a toad. Toads usually have shorter legs for hopping.
- Frogs have lots and lots of animals to watch out for, called predators, but toads do not have many predators. Toad’s skin lets out a bitter taste and smell that burns the eyes and nostrils of its predators, much like a skunk does.
- Usually, a frog is more timid than a toad. If you get close to a frog, it might hop away immediately. A toad will possibly just stay in the same spot or hop a shorter distance than a frog would when you come towards it.
- Toads do not have the sticky long tongues that frogs have; the toad has to walk up to its food and cram it in its mouth.