- Name: Frog
- Order: Anura
- Suborders: Archaeobatrachia, Mesobatrachia and Neobatrachia
- Total Species of Frogs: 6,300+
- Lifespan: 4 to 15 years
- Diet: Carnivorous
- Range: Worldwide (Expect Antartica)
14 Frog Facts for Kids
- Frogs belong to the Anura order, which is a large group of diverse, tailless amphibians.
- There are over 6,300 known species of frogs, both living and extinct.
- Frogs can be found on six of the seven continents (excluding Antarctica) on our planet.
- Frogs come in many different sizes and colors.
- Frogs can come in green, yellow, orange, red and purple colors. Some frogs are solid colors, while others are a mixture of multiple colors. They can have patterns on their body, including spots, patches and stripes.
- The smallest frog, the Paedophryne amanuensis, is only 0.30 inch in length.
- The largest frog, the Goliath Bullfrog (Conraua goliath), can reach up to 13 inches in length.
- Frogs start out life as an embryo in an egg. When they emerge from an egg, they are called tadpoles. Eventually the tadpoles go through a process called Metamorphosis and become a frog.
- A gathering or group of frogs is referred to as an army.
- Frogs don’t drink water using their mouths, they absorb water through their permeable skin.
- Because frogs absorb water through their skin, they are usually one of the first animals to be affected by pollutants in a body of water.
- Poison dart frogs are one of the most poisonous animals on our planet.
- The Argentine horned frog (Ceratophrys ornata) that is fully grown can eat adult rodents, like a rat.
- The study of frogs falls under Herpetology and a person who studies frogs is called a Herpetologist.
A photo of a frog in the water.
Credit: Scott Martin / Flickr
A photo of a frong on a plant.
Credit: Mandy / Flickr
A photo of two frogs mating.
Credit: Karl Xerri / Flickr
Additional Resources on Frogs
- How do frogs survive winter? Why don’t they freeze to death? – An excellent article on how frogs survive the winter by Scientific American.
- Facts About Frogs & Toads – Discover more about frogs on the LiveScience website.
- Frog Pictures – Flickr – View thousands of pictures of frogs on the Flickr website.