What do amphibians look like


Frogs are the best known subspecies of the amphibians. This is a tree frog that we see a lot.

The amphibians are a subspecies of the vertebrates. That is, they are animals that have a spine. In the German language they are also called amphibians. Frogs, newts and salamanders are the best known amphibians. Scientists suspect: Hundreds of millions of years ago, the amphibians were the first living things to begin to live on land.

The word amphibian comes from the Greek and means double-lived. This is because most amphibians live in water as juveniles and breathe through gills like fish. In frogs, the young are called tadpoles. As they get older, amphibians move on land and then live on land and in water. Then they breathe through lungs like humans.

Most amphibians lay eggs like birds or fish. They lay these eggs, which are also called spawning, in the water. There the tadpoles hatch out. The salamanders are an exception. They give birth to larvae or even live young animals.

Amphibians are cold-blooded animals: their body temperature changes constantly because they adapt to the temperature of their environment. This is important so that they don't get cold in the water and in the mountains. Amphibians are also kept warm by their thick skin. In mammals, on the other hand, the body temperature is always the same, no matter how warm or cold it is around us. So it is the same with humans. That's why we get cold in the water after a while.

In winter, amphibians are frozen in time. This means that they release all fluids from their body and become very rigid as a result. While her skin is otherwise slippery and wet, it becomes dry and rough in the freezing weather.

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