Toads vs Frogs: How to Spot the Differences
Frogs and toads are commonly spotted in gardens and backyards. Follow these key clues to spot the differences between toads vs. frogs.
If it seems tough to tell a toad from a frog, there’s a reason why! Toads are actually a subclassification of frogs—so, technically, these bumpy-skinned amphibians are frogs, too. Both fall under the Anura order, meaning “without a tail,” and both creatures are found on every continent except for Antarctica. Here’s how to identify toads vs. frogs.
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Frogs have glossy, smooth skin that produces mucus to keep them moist.
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Bumpy Thick Skin
Toads have skin that is drier and thicker than frogs and has bumps. Psst—here’s why toads are valuable in the garden.
They are equipped with stout legs are used for crawling more than leaping.
Compared to frogs, toads have a wider face may balloon to appear even bigger when threatened.
There are glands behind their eyes secrete poison to discourage predators.
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