Some may think frogs are gross, unintelligent, and only live with a few abilities: to hop, to see, and to eat. This is not entirely correct.
Frogs have been around for over 200 million years, evolving as the world changed around them. Frogs have the ability to adapt like all other living things; they can learn to survive in new environments and conditions. Those with desirable traits survived and produced offspring.
Contrary to popular belief, not all frogs can jump. Some species have to walk or climb because their back legs are too small and lack the force necessary to leap. These frogs’ legs are very close in length: the front legs are just a bit shorter than the back legs.
There are many different types of frogs—6,000 to be exact. Only 100 of them are poisonous and 47 are species of toad. This number seems high, but it continues to decline: climate change is a major threat to this vulnerable animal.
“I think they’re cute and underrate,” Rachel Grover (9) said. “They need love, too”.
Her words ring true: most do not realize how important frogs are. These creatures are an important food source to predators in their ecosystem. Not only do they serve as a food source, but they also help with maintaining ecological balance by eating insects.
“I think frogs are pretty tasty, but pretty cute,” Gabriel George (9) said. People and animals alike may agree with this point.
Frogs are adaptable and intriguing creatures; these underrated animals deserve admiration for their vital role in the ecosystem.
~Ryleigh McCright- Staff Writer