Amphibians are cold-blooded, regulating their body temperature moving by in and out of warm or cool places, depending upon the time of the year. Their feet do not have claws on the toes and their skin is moist and glandular. Young amphibians go through several stages during development into adults. They usually start out as eggs laid in water and develop into a larval stage and then change into adults. Some Salamanders, Frogs and Toads do not lay their eggs in water. The eggs of these species bypass the larval stage and hatch as miniature adults.

The Amphibian family contains three groups, only two of which occur in North America.

Most of the pictures in these galleries will be Toads and Frogs. This is because I do not usually frequent the areas where you would find Salamanders and Newts. Both Newts and Salamanders usually only come out at night, with Newts living in the water .

Toad and Frog Families

Toads generally have dry skin with warty growths, frogs have smooth skin. The growths on Toads are actually glands on the Toads skin. You will not get warts from handling Toads, but the secretions from these glands can irritate mucous membranes. Here is a list with a brief description of the various Toad and Frog families:

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