David and I have been studying amphibians and more specifically, frogs. We’ve read a lot of frog books and learned a lot of fun and fascinating facts about frogs. First of all, I’ll say it: frogs are weird. Grossly weird. Delightfully grossly weird.
Frogs swallow food using their eyeballs. Some frogs eat their skin after they shed it. Glass frogs are see through. Father Darwin’s frogs swallow their tadpole offspring right after hatching. The tadpoles then develop in the father’s vocal sacs and then hop out of his mouth as froglets. The African bullfrog will defend its babies by attacking predators. That includes lions. Yes, lions.
By far, the best frog book we read was Frogs by Nic Bishop. His photographs as usual are spectacular and the text was full of both basic information and weird and wonderful tidbits. Frogs: Strange and Wonderful by Laurence Pringle was another great resource that added to our knowledge.
More frog books:
The Mystery of Darwin’s Frog by Marty Crump
-Written by a scientist who studies the Darwin’s frog in the field, this provides a more in-depth look at this one particular type of frog.
The Case of the Vanishing Golden Frogs: A Scientific Mystery by Sandra Markle
The Frog Scientist by Pamela Turner
Frog Song by Brenda Guiberson