So, is it a Frog or a Toad?

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.)

Frog or Toad?

Frog or Toad?

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

  • 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?

It IS Tiny

It IS Tiny

So, are you with me?  Is it a frog?

Rosemarie Hanus makes beads in her home studio, but has never made a frog bead.  See these “not frog” beads at EtsyArt Fire, or her Spawn of Flame website.


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