What Is the Difference Between a Frog and a Toad and How Can You Tell Them Apart?

Toads don’t spend as much time in the water as frogs do.

As a result, their skin is thicker and retains moisture better, and they tend to be stockier in build than most frogs.

Here are more differences between the two amphibians.

Frogs have long and strong webbed hind feet that are adapted for leaping and swimming, while toads have stubby bodies with short hind legs more suited for walking instead of hopping.

Frogs generally tend to like moister environments and have smooth or slimy skin, while toads usually prefer dryer climates and have warty and dryer skin.

Frogs usually have bulging eyes while toads have paratoid glands behind the eyes which are poisonous.

Frogs tend to lay eggs in clusters, while toads lay their eggs in long chains.

There are more than 300 species of toads worldwide and about 400 true frog species on earth.

That’s froggy!

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