What Kinds of Amphibians are there?

Amphibians are a “class” of animal that has three “orders”:
- caecilians
- salamanders and newts
- frogs and toads

Then within these three orders there are 4,015 species, so there are all kinds of amphibians for us to take a look at.
One of the fascinating things about diversity in the amphibia class is the range of colors these [...]

Are Albino Frogs Safe as Pets?

Albinism affects many animals, including fish, birds, reptiles, humans, and amphibians such as albino frogs. It is a congenital disorder where the animal has an absence of melanin pigment – the compound that gives skin color. Albinism is also known as achromia, achromasia, or achromatosis, and animals with the disorder are known as albinos.
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The Variety of Amphibian Reproduction

Fertilization
Of all the vertebrates the amphibians have the widest range of reproduction methods, with differences even within the same order. Fertilization of the salamander makes for a good example, where it is internal for most salamanders, but external for the giant and Asiatics. There are even some mole salamanders where the sperm initiates development, but [...]

Pet Amphibians Are Part of a Diverse Species

The more than 4,000 species that make up the “Amphibia class” are incredibly diverse. They exhibit every color you can imagine, and have distinctive characteristics that range from leaping frogs to slithery newts. Having an amphibian as a pet is having a conqueror – they were the first of the animals with backbones (the vertebrates) [...]

The Amphibian Body

Information about Amphibians: The Amphibian Body
What is fascinating about the amphibian body is the place it holds in evolution. They were the first vertebrates to have tongues, the first to have eyelids, the first ears, and less visible, but even more extraordinary are the nervous system and spinal cord.
Embryo
To start at the beginning we should [...]

What is the difference between a frog and toad?

There is nothing quite as shocking as the day you find out that toads are frogs. It’s like finding out that your father isn’t really your father – how can an established fact be torn down like this!?
A lot of folks come to this page after searching for “what is the difference between frogs and [...]

Why don’t frogs have tails?

Frogs have tails, but only when they are tadpoles! It is most unusual for a vertebrate not to have a tail to assist with movement and/or balance, so what makes frogs so special?
When we look at the tadpole we can see that indeed the tail makes for an excellent way to move the young [...]

Choosing Pet Amphibians

The more than 4,000 species that make up the “Amphibia class” are incredibly diverse. They exhibit every color you can imagine, and have distinctive characteristics that range from leaping frogs to slithery newts. This diversity makes pet amphibians a popular choice.
Having an amphibian as a pet is having a conqueror – they were the first [...]