How can Frogs Live in the Desert?

Some frogs live in desert let’s know how can frogs live in the desert after that we will discuss about can frogs live in trees and can a frogs fly?

How can frogs live in the desert?

It is hard to imagine frogs living in the parched desert areas of central Australia. The rainfall in such regions is very light and every year the streams and ponds dry up completely in the period of drought. This means that amphibians must not only be able to survive the drought, but must quickly lay their eggs and prepare themselves for the next dry period, too.

One frog has overcome these problems admirably. As the pond dries up, the Water-holding Frog takes in water through its skin, swelling up to look very bloated indeed. It digs down into mud while this is still soft, and lies dormant in a sealed cocoon of the period of the drought.

How can Frogs Live in the Desert

The Water-holding Frogs survive droughts by storing water in their bodies. It is said that Aborigines dig them up and squeeze the water from them when they are thirsty.

When the rains soften the mud again the frog breaks out of its cocoon, replenishes its water supply and breeds. The eggs hatch quickly and the larvae turn into frogs in a couple of weeks while the water is still available.

How can Frogs Live in the Desert

Wallace’s Treefrog (left) from Malaya and another gliding frog (right) from Java.

The young frogs grow rapidly, feeding on the insect life that also flourishes during the rainy period. At the onset of the next drought the young frogs also begin to store up a water supply to last them through the dry period. Water-holding Frogs also occur in the south-west United States.

Can Frogs Live in Trees?

Another surprising place to find frogs is among the branches and foliage of bushes and trees. Frogs have been quite successful in adapting to these surroundings, and there are about 500 sorts of tree frogs widely distributed in the world.

Some spend most of their time in water but others prefer to clamber and jump among branches and twigs in pursuit of insects, their favorite food. They are entertaining to watch while feeding for they are very agile and leap and swing in spectacular display of aerial acrobatics.

How can Frogs Live in the Desert

Treefrogs Hylambates maculatus from Africa; the Common Europian Treefrog; The Green Treefrog from North America; and the Smith Treefrog from South America.

A modification of their feet gives them a good grip and helps them to hold on to branches after particularly long jumps from branch to branch. At the ends of the fingers and toes of the tree frog there is a small disc. These are tiny suction cups that enable the frogs to land and cling securely to the smooth surfaces of leaves and branches.

Many tree frogs are green in color and this has an obvious value as camouflage among the foliage of their homes. Some tree frogs show startling patches of color as they jump. These are not visible when the frog is crouching and the sudden flash of orange, red or yellow might temporarily distract an enemy to give the frog time to escape. These ‘flash colors’ as they are called are usually  found on the inside of the frog’s arms and legs.

Can frogs fly?

A species of treefrog from Malays is even more adapted for scrambling and leaping after flying insects. This is Wallace’s Treefrog and it has webbed feet with especially long fingers and toes.

When the frog launches into a leap it stretches the fingers and toes wide apart, and the increase in surface area enables it to glide downwards for considerable distances, it does not fly so much as glide, but the advantage is that frog can catch insects which it would otherwise be unable to reach by jumping normally.

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