Different Lifestyles of Frogs and Toads

Frogs and toads have a variety of different lifestyles. Most people think frogs just live near the water but there is more than that.



There are many frogs that spend most of their lives in the water. The family Pipidae contains many fully aquatic species of frogs and toads. The Surinam Toad, pictured above,  eats, sleeps, and mates in the water. They come to the surface of the water to breathe in some air every hour and they come onto land when their habitat starts to dry up. My frogs, Sven and Olaf are full aquatic.


Semi Aquatic

The most perceived lifestyle of frogs is the semi aquatic one. These frogs spend life both on land and in water. They usually hang out close to the water or on the surface of shallow bodies of water.



Most toads are terrestrial. They live primary on land and only go in the water to breed mostly. There are terrestrial frogs such as the Surniame Horned Frog.



Frogs that live in trees are arboreal. Some of these species never leave the trees while others come down to the ground to breed and hibernate. Some frogs lay their eggs on leaves and when they grow into tadpoles, they drop into a water body below.

Purple Frog


There are species of frogs and toads that live most of their lives underground. Some of these species only come up to the surface to breed like the Purple frog above.


Frog or Toad 4/25/17


Is this a frog or a toad?


Save the Frogs Day THIS Saturday!


This Saturday the 29th is Save the Frogs Day! Save the Frogs Day takes place on the last Saturday of April. This is the 9th Save the Frogs day and over 1000 events have happened so far for the day in 60 countries. The day is to help raise awareness for frogs and other species that are threatened with extinction. Check out the website – http://www.savethefrogs.com/day/ to learn more and watch the video!

Cameroon Reed Frog (Hyperolius camerunensis)


Common Name: Cameroon Reed Frog
Scientific Name: Hyperolious camerunensis
Family: Hyperoliidae
Location: Cameroon
Size: .8 inches to 1.1 inches (21-28 mm) for males, 1 to 1.2 inches (27-32.5 mm)females

Cameroon Reed Frog is found in central Cameroon. They have two different phases. The one up front with the red dots and grayish yellow color and the green phase below.  The males usually have the coloration at the bottom and the females have the one at the top but there has been males found with the female coloration.