Polk County Conservation

Frogs

  • My son loves frogs and has spent a lot of time trying to catch them. He wants to know why frogs jump so much. He also wanted to know if you can get warts from touching toads.

    I love catching frogs too! Frogs are tricky little things to catch because they are slippery and always jump away from you. You don’t think it’s a coincidence do you? A lot of animals like snakes, turtles, birds, and even humans, would love to eat a frog for supper. Since frogs don’t have sharp teeth or claws to defend themselves, one of the best ways to avoid being eaten is to jump away when a predator approaches. When disturbed, frogs often jump into a puddle or pond where they can hide underwater. Some kinds of frogs can jump distances up to 20 times their own body length in a single leap. Their erratic zigzag jumping on land also serves to confuse potential predators.

    Don’t worry! You will not get warts from touching a toad even though toads have warty looking skin. The large bumps behind a toad’s eyes contain a poison that not only taste bad but also irritates the mouth of any predators that try to eat toads. You should always wash your hands after handling any frogs or toads.

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    Administration Office
    11407 NW Jester Park Drive
    Granger, IA 50109

    P: (515) 323-5300
    F: (515) 323-5354
    pccb_info@polkcountyiowa.gov

    Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

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