Frogs or Toads?
What is the difference between frogs and toads, and which makes a better pet for you? Let the battle begin!
Even though frogs and toads are both amphibians, they are different animals who have their own unique characteristics. If you wish to be an expert dueler in the area of amphibian identification, then read on!
Battle 1: The Body
- Frogs have smooth, moist skin and give the appearance of being “slimy.” Toads are the opposite; they have very dry, bumpy skin.
- Frogs have eyeballs that are higher on their head, with a more circular shape. Toads’ eyes are located lower on the face and are shaped like footballs.
- Since frogs are known for jumping, it would make sense that their hind legs are very strong and powerful. Toads, on the other hand, have legs that are all the same length and strength.
This battle round puts the frog in the lead! While both amphibians have cool characteristics (if you’ll forgive the cold-blooded pun), the frog wins because typically they have brighter colors and are the prettier species.
Battle 2: Environment
- Frogs need to live near water in order to survive, whereas toads don’t.
Battle 2 goes to…the toad! Not having to live near water may also make them easier to take care of as pets.
Battle 3: Survival
- Frogs have many predators such as birds, cats, snakes, etc… Luckily, the toad doesn’t have many predators.
Battle 3 comes out with…the toad! Not having bright colors works to their advantage, as they are not as visible to predators.
And the winner is…a tie! Frogs and toads are both great species and would make great pets.
Do you have frogs or toads as pets? Why did you pick the one you did? Tell us in the comment section!