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S. Becker 2014

QUESTION QUESTION

Can you get warts from a When you catch a , does toad? it pee on you?

American Toad Fowler’s Toad

QUESTION QUESTION

If a loses its , Can breathe can it re-grow? through their ?

Southern Two-lined Salamander Northern Dusky Salamander S. Becker 2014

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It’s not really “pee”. and Warts on humans come from store extra in a virus. Toads have “warts” their bodies so they can travel for protection. They are far from water sources. They actually glands that contain release the water when to keep predators from frightened and need to hop eating them. Toads are safe away fast. to handle but not to eat! 

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Amphibian skin is permeable, Amphibians have the amazing meaning that it’s not a solid ability to re-grow not only barrier to the environment. but also and even legs to They can absorb right some extent! Scientists are through their skin. Some studying amphibians to figure are so good at it out just how they do it! that they don’t even have (or )! S. Becker 2014

QUESTION QUESTION

Is an ’s lifecycle Are there any differences made up of several stages? between amphibians and ?

Eastern Fence

Barking Treefrog White-spotted Slimy Salamander

QUESTION QUESTION

Does North Carolina have Do amphibians use all kinds many different kinds of of “tricks” to keep from being amphibians? eaten?

Eastern (Red Eft phase) S. Becker 2014

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TRUE TRUE

Amphibian Most have 3 stages, aquatic Skin Smooth, wet Scaly No , and larval stages and a semi- Toes (if they Clawed sometimes have them!) toes terrestrial adult stage. (Some sticky pads have 2 or 4 stages though!) Jelly-like, laid in Leathery water or wet shell, laid places on land Babies & adults cycle look a like Lungs, gills, or Lungs skin

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Amphibians are secretive N.C. has around 90 spending much of of amphibians. That’s about their hiding under logs or 30% of the amphibian species rocks, in pools or rivers, in the U. S.! Almost 10% of treetops or rock crevices. global salamander diversity is Also, many amphibians have found in our S. Appalachian toxins in their skin for Mountains (many live no protection from being eaten. where else on Earth)! S. Becker 2014

QUESTION QUESTION

Does North Carolina have a Do amphibians eat state amphibian? and ?

Pine Barrens Treefrog

Marbled Salamander

QUESTION QUESTION

Are amphibians “cold- Is there a difference between blooded”? frogs and toads?

Southern Leopard S. Becker 2014

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TRUE TRUE

Most amphibians are Two actually! N.C.’s state frog completely carnivorous. They is the Pine Barrens Treefrog primarily feed on insects, and our state salamander is worms, many other the . and even other amphibians!

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One main difference is the Actually, the correct term is length of their legs; toads “ectothermic”. have shorter legs and shorter “Ecto” = external hops as a result. Most toads “thermic” = temperature have warty skin but some The temperatures of their frogs do too! N. C. has only 6 surroundings affect their body toad species but 24 frogs! temperature. If they’re too hot they must move to a cooler place.