What are the types of frogs? There are many fascinating types of frogs in our world, ranging from the common to the colorful to the potentially dangerous. Some may be kept as pets, whereas others should simply be observed. Whether they swim through swamps, hop about your backyard, or can only be found living in tropical climates, the varieties of frogs are nearly endless. They can be categorized in a number of ways, such as color, diet, aquatic or semi-aquatic lifestyle, and location. But to narrow down a very expansive subject, let’s take a look at several very interesting types of frogs, including some you may not have heard about: the red-eyed tree frog, the bullfrog, and the African dwarf frog.
Types of frogs such as the red-eyed tree frog, as their name suggests, dwell in trees. Red-eyed tree frogs are not hard to identify due to their distinctive characteristics: brightly-colored green bodies with occasional bursts of blue or yellow, striking red eyes, and impressive leaping abilities. Commonly found in rainforests, these types of frogs are used to living in potentially threatening environments and have well-developed skills in the area of camouflage, similar to other animals who might be considered prey to a particularly hungry predator. While there is a common tendency to think of shockingly bright rainforest frogs as sources of potential danger, the Central American red-eyed tree frog is not to be confused with poisonous frogs, such as the giant leaf frog; rather, the red-eyed tree frog is harmless, unless you happen to be an insect.
There are some types of frogs which would do very poorly living in trees and instead prefer living in the water, such as the bullfrog. The next time you happen to be near a particularly swampy area and hear the tell-tale sound of a frog, chances are, you’re hearing an American bullfrog. Unlike the red-eyed tree frog, the bullfrog is not particularly colorful. Instead, these types of frogs are often dark to medium green, with few variations. In terms of diet, the bullfrog is not a picky eater, devouring everything from snakes to mice to small birds. Types of frogs such as the bullfrog are far more predatory than the red-eyed tree frog. It comes down to a matter of size and strength. However, there’s not much to fear from a bullfrog for humans. In fact, we happen to eat them. Bullfrogs are-you guessed it-our source of frogs’ legs.
Other types of frogs such as the African dwarf frog are far less well-known. Like the common bullfrog, these types of frogs prefer a watery habitat, so much so that the African dwarf frog only emerges for air from time to time. The African dwarf frog shares something in common with the red-eyed tree frog, despite living in a tremendously different environment: camouflage. These types of frogs are colored so as to blend in with their environments, protecting them from potential predators. Far less aggressive than the bullfrog, African dwarf frogs eat what they are capable of finding around the bottom of the body of water they inhabit.