Further informationFrogs are a type of creature known as “amphibians.” Amphibians (like frogs and newts) are very similar to reptiles (like lizards and snakes) in many ways: Both types of animals give birth to their babies by laying eggs, and are unable to control their body temperature without an outside source. However, amphibians are different in that they live both in water and on land and are always in a different form when they are born than they are when they’re fully grown… just like a tadpole and frog!
Terrific Transformations!Even though amphibians are special because they’re born with different features than they grow to have as adults, there are other non-amphibian animals who can also go through a lot of changes while they grow!What are some other creatures that look really different as babies compared to when they’re fully grown? Think about a chicken, who starts out as just a fuzzy little chick! Or what about a butterfly -- they start out as a tiny caterpillar!!See if you can find some books that will show you pictures of different animals during their different stages of growth. What are some things you notice about the animals during their different phases of life??
Sources & links
“Amphibians: Frog & Toad.” Animal Bytes. The San Diego Zoo. 26 Feb. 2010 “A Simple Glance at Metamorphosis.” 2007. Maryland Department of Natural Resources. 26 Feb. 2010 “The Life Cycle of a Frog.” Frog-Life-Cycle.com. 26 Feb. 2010 “Amphibians.” Animal Bytes. The San Diego Zoo. 29 Sep. 2009 “Life Cycle: Frog Metamorphosis.” Tooter4Kids.com. 26 Feb. 2010