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What's a Little Frog's Name + 4 More Amazing Facts!

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Few animals are as cute as little frogs. These tiny amphibians are amazing creatures and there are many interesting things to know about them. Did you know that some frogs develop and hatch inside their mother's stomach?

Let's "jump" to five amazing facts about little frogs!

#1: Tiny frogs called tadpoles!

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Newborn frogs are tadpoles and spend their entire lives underwater.

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Chances are, you probably already know that newborn frogs are called tadpoles. At this stage in frogs' lives, they don't have legs. So they spend all day swimming and eating to gain weight. Smaller frogs that are older are called frogs. It's at this stage that they look like miniature versions of their adult parents!

#2: Ecologists have discovered a very huge tadpole!

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The largest tadpole ever found was a 10 inch long bullfrog tadpole!

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Typically, small frog tadpoles are tiny creatures. For example, the average tadpole is about one to four inches long. In Arizona's Chiricahua Mountains, ecologists have discovered a record-breaking large bullfrog tadpole after emptying a man-made pond.

After the pond was completely drained, ecologists surveyed the pond bottom. What they found there was astounding – a 10-inch bullfrog tadpole! The gigantic panda eclipsed the previous record holder, which was only 2.5 inches.

While most bullfrogs spend anywhere from two to three years in the tadpole stage, scientists were unable to determine the age of the giant tadpole. The ecologists concluded that the tadpoles were as long as a banana and wider than a soda can. The giant tadpole may never grow legs or turn into a bullfrog, researchers say.

Today, the giant tadpole lives in an algae-rich aquarium at the Southwest Research Station.

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#3: Stomach-hatching frogs have stomachs with wombs

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Bloated baby frog crawls out of mom's mouth.

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Most amphibians lay their jelly-filled eggs in water and tend them until they are ready to hatch. Gastric brooding frogs, however, take a different approach. After laying fertilized eggs, these unique frogs devour the fertilized eggs, which hatch in the stomach of the female frog.

Stomach brooding frog babies stay in their mother's womb for six to seven weeks. They then hatch in their mother's womb. Adult female frogs then spit them out. Therefore, the gastric brooding frog is one of the only species that give birth "live".

Unfortunately, this frog is considered extinct. They were last seen in the wild in the late 70's and early 80's. However, scientists are trying to bring them back to life by cloning a new baby frog from a frozen sample. Although their efforts have been unsuccessful so far, they have confirmed that their technique, not the frog's DNA, is at fault.

#4: The Brazilian Golden Frog Is Incredibly Small

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The Brazilian golden frog is one of the smallest frogs in the world.

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When it comes to baby animals, there is no doubt that the smaller they are, the cuter they look. The Brazilian golden frog is one of the smallest frogs in the animal kingdom. But what about their children?

Brazilian golden frogs are very small. They are less than a centimeter long and fit comfortably on the face of a dime. They have three toes on each hind leg and two on their front feet. This is another thing that makes them unique, as most small frogs have five fingers on each hand and foot.

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The Brazilian golden frog lives at high altitude on mountain tops. Therefore, they are adapted to the low temperature and high humidity of their habitat. Scientists say there are 16 different species of frogs known in the world today.

#5: Golden Poison Frogs Are Deadly

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The golden poison frog is one of the most poisonous animals on earth.

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Did you know that the little poison frog is one of the most dangerous of all amphibians? This is real! Of this group, the golden poison frog is the deadliest. In fact, they are considered to be one of the most venomous animals on earth.

Although these frogs are small, they are mighty. A tiny frog will grow to be only two inches long and weigh less than an ounce. However, scientists say their tiny bodies contain enough venom to kill ten grown men. By comparison, the same amount of venom can kill up to 20,000 mice.

The indigenous peoples who share their habitat with these frogs have been using their potent venom for years. The Colombian Emberá often dips the tip of a dart in poison when hunting. It is for this reason that these deadly amphibians are sometimes called poison dart frogs.

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FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

What is the name of the little frog?

A small frog has many different names, depending on its life stage. Newborn frogs swim in the water and are called tadpoles or tadpoles. When they have just turned into small frogs, they are called froglets.

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How much does the little frog weigh?

The weight of a small frog depends on its species. Some of the smallest frogs weigh 0.0003 oz. On the other hand, the largest frogs can grow to seven pounds or more!

What do little frogs eat?

Tadpoles spend most of their time eating to gain weight and turn into frogs. They learn to eat by scraping aquatic plants, and one of their favorite foods is algae. Small frogs, on the other hand, enjoyed a richer diet. They love small insects such as ants, fruit flies, mosquitoes and other small insects.

Where does the little frog live?

Small frogs are amphibians, which means they live in wet areas, such as the banks of rivers. They also love areas around streams, ponds and wetlands. They can even build a seasonal pool in your home!

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