Why are frogs slimy?



  • Frogs belong to the kingdom Animalia and phylum Chordata.
  • Frogs come under class Amphibia and order Anura.
  • Frogs can be distinguished by other animals through their external characteristic features such as a stout body, protruding eyes, tongue attached on the anterior side, limbs folded beneath and no tail on body.
  • Frogs can be found in different shades of color depending upon their toxicity and poison to warn off their predators.
  • Adult frogs are found to live in fresh water with few frogs adapted to live underground or in trees.
  • Adult frogs are said to be carnivorous as well as herbivorous type of animal in diet.
  • The method of locomotion can differ depending upon different species of frogs. Some of the common method of locomotion include jumping, walking, running, swimming, burrowing, climbing, gliding, etc.

Why are frogs slimy?

  • Frogs can be felt as very slimy when tried to hold them.
  • The reason behind this is that the frogs body is covered in a coat of mucous which makes it feel slimy.
  • The primary reason behind this coating is estimated that it helps the frog to keep its skin moist through which it can respire easily.
  • The another reason behind that coating is that, it can produce variety of chemicals such as antibacterial and antifungal chemicals which can help it to prevent infections.
  • This coat of mucous also helps frogs to maintain their body moisture in high temperature areas.

Fun Facts:

  1. Do you know, it is estimated that there are about 6000 different species of frogs across the globe.
  2. Frogs are found to have a very unique ability of absorbing water through their skin.
  3. Frogs have the ability to jump 20 times higher than their height.

Related Questions:

  1. What is the habitat of frog in wild?
  2. Who all are the predators of frog?
  3. How frogs are known to communicate to other frogs?

True or False:

  1. Frogs come under the class Reptilia.
  2. Frogs are herbivorous only.
  3. Adult frogs can be found in seawater only.
  4. Frogs can move by just jumping.
  5. Frogs are covered with no mucous coat.

Objective Quiz:

  1. Frogs belong to the class _______.
    1. Reptilia.
    2. Amphibia.
    3. Anura.
    4. None of the above.
  2. Frogs are known to have _______.
    1. Protruding eye.
    2. No eye.
    3. Depressed eye.
    4. None of the above.
  3. Adult frogs can be found in ______.
    1. Fresh water.
    2. Cold water.
    3. Seawater.
    4. None of the above.
  4. Frogs are covered in outer coat of _______.
    1. Mucous.
    2. Saliva.
    3. Water
    4. All of the above.
  5. The outer coating of mucous helps the frog to _____.
    1. Stay moistened in a heated place.
    2. To prevent from infections.
    3. Both 1) and 2).
    4. None of the above.

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