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Amphibians

Amphibians are cold-blooded animals that usually split their time between using their lungs on land and breathing with gills underwater. Learn about the three groups of amphibians which include frogs and toads, newts and salamanders and caecilians.

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Do toads cause warts?

Do toads cause warts? The wart-like bumps protruding from their backs may give some that impression, but nothing could be further from the truth.


Reversible Saliva Lets Frog Switch Between Sticking Prey and Swallowing

Scientists have learned how frogs capture flying insects or even birds just by using their tongues. See more »

Some Salamanders Will Travel Incredible Distances to Mate

What motivates these amphibians to rove so far? Let's talk about sex, baby. And endurance. See more »

Frog Romance Just Got a Little More Interesting

Herpetologists long thought frogs and toads engaged in only six mating positions. But the suggestively named Bombay night frog has a new move all its own. See more »

This guide will provide cool facts about the tiger salamander including information about its habitat, behaviors and conservation status. See more »

Cane Toad  Facts, Pictures

Meet the cane toad! View pictures, watch video, read facts, explore interactives and more. See more »

How to Identify Amphibians

Would you like to learn about how to identify amphibians? Learn about how to identify amphibians in this article. See more »

Do toads cause warts?

Do toads cause warts? The wart-like bumps protruding from their backs may give some that impression, but nothing could be further from the truth. See more »

How can salamanders regrow body parts?

If a salamander gets in a scrape, it can drop its tail, scurry off and return to business as usual. What if we could do that? Scientists are using the salamander as a blueprint for human genome research to reveal how to regenerate human limbs. See more »

Are there really hallucinogenic frogs?

What would happen if a fairytale princess licked a toad instead of kissing it in order to find her prince charming? Trippy hallucinations might await her instead of wedded bliss. See more »

Amphibian Pictures

Amphibians are a diverse and unique group of animals. In this collection of amphibian pictures, you'll find Amazon horned frogs is african tree frogs, caecilians, newts and more. See more »