Adult American toads shed their skin around four times a year. The skin peels off in one piece and is eaten by the toad.
Every day 50 to 100 species of plants and animals become extinct as their habitat and human influences destroy them. This is a particular problem for amphibians and reptiles.
American toads are common in Ohio from backyards to remote woodlands. There have been reports of American toads living to be 30 years of age.
A young Eastern Milk Snake was found slithering across the carpet at the Lowe-Volk Park Nature Center. Milk snakes are common throughout Ohio and are true constrictors. They feed on rodents. Stop by to see our many reptile residents.
Bullfrog eggs hatch within 3-5 days, but it can take anywhere from a few months to 3 years for the tadpoles to mature into adult frogs.
Almost all reptiles lay shelled eggs.
An amphibian can live both on land and in water.
The first reptiles are believed to have evolved around 320 million years ago.
Instead of drinking water, frogs soak it into their body through their skin.
The size of reptile’s brains relative to their body is much smaller than that of mammals.
Frogs can see forwards, sideways and upwards all at the same time. They never close their eyes, even when they sleep.
Remarkably, frogs actually use their eyes to help them swallow food. When the frog blinks, its eyeballs are pushed downwards creating a bulge in the roof of its mouth. This bulge squeezes the food inside the frog's mouth down the back of its throat.