I am not sure how to tell the difference between a frog and a toad, but we found this little beast (and a whole army more) on a hike yesterday at Hinckley Reservation. (A group of frogs is an army or a knot.)
In my limited world, if it was brown, it was a toad. This cutie is brown, but my best guess is that it is not a toad and is a frog. Here are some frog characteristics from Answers.com:
- Frogs have finer bodies with narrower waists while toads’ bodies are broader.
- When on a flat surface, frogs lie flat, but toads tend to sit upright.
- Frogs have feet which are specially structured to act as suction caps to enable them to climb trees and other surfaces.
- Frogs have slimy, slippery and delicate skin, but toads have drier skin with warts.
- Generally, frogs live near water. Toads tend to live away from water.
It was more slender than most toad that I have seen. It did hug the ground, and the toes seemed to have flat tips. It didn’t have a warty skin. It was right next to the reservoir.
Did I mention that it was really tiny?
So, are you with me? Is it a frog?