Frog facts by Thia


Frogs are one of the most diverse vertebrates on the planet. There are over 4800 species of frog, accounting for 85% of amphibians! They live everywhere from the tropics to subarctic areas. 


Various species live in trees, land, water and even underground. Most frogs lay their eggs in water, though some lay them on land. When the eggs hatch the larvae are called tadpoles. A tadpole has a tail and internal gills. Overtime they will their tail will shrink and they will grow legs and become an adult frog. 

Frogs have very diverse color patterns as well. Some are dark brown, gray or green to help provide camouflage. Others are bright red, yellow or even black. 

Different species have different diets – some are herbivores, some eat plankton and others are omnivorous. 


Myths and Stories

When Shakespeare's witches call for a bit of toe of frog, they were actually referring to buttercup petals, which are toxic and can cause skin inflammation. 


Native American

Different tribes have different interpretations of Frog. For example, the Anishinabe believe frogs represent transformation and growth. In the Pacific Northwest they are representative of Spring and renewal. While some tribes in Southern California say that Frog killed their Creator God with evil magic. Some tribes in South America associate the golden frog with fertility, wealth and a happy afterlife.


Egyptian

Hekt was a goddess with the head of a frog. She symbolized fertility and birth.


Africa

Along the banks of the Nile, frogs are an indicator of the quality of the growing year. This relates to the degree of flooding from the Nile. When the river would flood there would be thousands of frogs. The more frogs, the richer the soil and the stronger the crops. 


Asia

In China, the frog represents Yin or female energy. In Feng Shui you could put a picture of a frog in the east window to invite child birth and a happy family life.