Is a Toad the Same as a Frog?

Frogs and toads are the same in many ways. Both are amphibians, cold-blooded creatures that spend part of their life in water and part on land.

Both eat insects, lay their eggs in ponds, and begin their lives as tadpoles, swimming in the water before emerging and beginning their adult lives as lung-breathing creatures.

But frogs and toads are different in some ways too. Frogs have smooth, slimy skin, while toads have rough, bumpy skin. Most frogs have teeth: most toads do not.

And while a frog spends much of its adult life in the water, a toad lives on moist land, entering the water only to breed.

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Karen Hill is a freelance writer, editor, and columnist. Born in New York, her work has appeared in the Examiner, Yahoo News, Buzzfeed, among others.

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