Frogs and Toads – What’s the Difference?

As the legend goes, each frog is just a prince waiting for the kiss of his princess. The toad, on the other hand, has a somewhat less attractive connotation: They are dark, squatty, lumpy-looking creatures that spread warts. But what are the real differences between frogs and toads?

Many people actually think frogs and toad are two separate species, and some are convinced that frogs are amphibians and toads are their reptile cousins. Despite a recent surge of interest in frogs and toads, misconceptions still abound.

The Differences Between Frogs and Toads

The word “frog” is a general term. Toad is more specific. All toads are frogs but not all frogs are toads. For example, the Colorado River toad is a frog, and the green tree frog is not a toad. If this is still a little confusing, think of this. Your cuddly kitten may have very little in common with the lion, the King of the African jungle, but they both belong to the Felidae or “cat” family.

Amphibians are divided into three distinct orders: Frogs, salamanders and caecilians. Of these three, frogs comprise over 90 percent of all amphibians. All frogs and toads belong the order scientifically referred to as “Anura.” The different types of frogs and toads are then further divided into various families and then different genera.

Finally, each distinct frog or toad is divided into different species. In fact, there are about 400 different species of toads all divided into over 30 different genera. Frogs and toads vary so much that the smallest one is around a third of an inch in length (Cuban Eleutherodactylus limbatus) and the largest is the Goliath frog, which measures up to 15.7 inches and weighs in at over 7 pounds.

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However, in addition to their name and position on a species chart, frogs and toads can be differentiated by other means.

Toads have a special organ that other frogs do not. The Bidder’s organ is a vestigial ovary that is found in the male toad. Another difference is that toads do not have teeth. This is an uncommon finding in species referred to as frogs.

In addition to body differences, toads differ from other frogs in their movement and life style. Toads really cannot jump like other frogs. They typically hop or crawl. Also, toads prefer to live their lives on the ground instead of in the trees, as many other frogs do. Despite their desire to be on firm soil, toads are quite adapt at climbing.

Hopefully, you have gained an understanding and appreciation for these amphibians. Toads and frogs are important and vital members of our world and the more we learn about them, the more we can learn about our environment and develop a deep admiration for these creatures.


I think my cat has such an interesting name that you know there just has to be a story that goes with it! Well, you’re right! I named my cat “Emergency” & “Merge” for short. He was so tiny when we brought him and his brother home 16 years ago that he easily fit in a small hole under a cabinet in the kitchen & ended up in the apartment floorboard, walls or some mysterious unknown place like a black hole!

All I saw was a curious kitten exploring every inch of his new home and then POOF! In the hole he went! I went into panic mode, of course, and opened up the cupboard expecting him to be in the bottom of it but then realized he must be UNDER the floorboard or in the wall of this apartment! I did not have a name for him yet so I called here kitty kitty! What could be happening to him? Why is he not coming back out of the hole? What do I do? KITTY KITTY KITTY!!!

I was so scared & as the minutes went on, I became frantic! Someone…please help my cat!! I needed immediate help, experienced people that knew what to do as I was quickly falling apart…..Then I got an idea! I’ve seen fireman go up trees to save kitties so why not get a cat out of a floorboard in a kitchen? I grabbed the phone & dialed 9-1-1 so quick I was talking to the operator screaming that my kitten was in the apartment wall under a cabinet and I need fireman….HELP!!

The operator must of thought I was a crazy! Within minutes I had about 5 of the cutest fireman standing at my front door & when I opened it all of them went into Emergency Mode & all I could say was my kitten is up and under this cabinet….HELP him, he has no name, he’s just a baby…. I don’t know how to get him out of the apartment

floorboard…. he could be hurt…. HELP!

Every one of those firemen stopped, looked at me and said, What? Where? How? After a few minutes of deep thought by these 5 firemen on what their strategy was going to be I just knew these were the men that were going to save my kitty!! Smart, trained and if anybody can help my kitty it was going to be this cute fireman! 1 of them asked me does he have a plate that you feed him on? I gave him a small plate. Then he said, “I’ll also need a can of cat food please.” I got one can of small kitten food.

I thought what are you doing? We have to FIND the kitten first before feeding it!! I could not believe my eyes when all it took was a few taps on the cat dish with a spoon & the smell of ocean fish feast and within seconds out came a ball of fur just as quickly as he went in! Instantly he was out & eating off that plate of food that the fireman had used to coax him out of the “black hole” !!! How brilliant was he?!!!!

I could not stop hugging my kitten and thinking the firemen! They told me that I should not of called 911 as I could of taken time away from a REAL fire or emergency…they were so glad everything worked out but told me ….”Don’t Ever Do That Again!!” I said okay knowing that I would do the EXACT same thing if it happened again! My cats are my world & I would do anything for them! So, now you know why my cat is

named Emergency!

Did not take me long to come up with a name after that incident! Over the years, emergency has lived up to his name and got in many “situations” that if I had not of been there to save him in one way or another…..well, I just don’t want to think what might of happened! I know one thing is for sure that whenever I call out his name. Emergency!! Emergency!! My neighbors ask, “Are you okay? Do you need an ambulance?!!” I laugh and say no emergency just was calling my cat! I love Merge so much and enjoyed his one of a kind name over the years!

Michelle Oliver

How Cat’s got Their Names – Cute Cat Name Stories

We have many stories on on how to name your cat, the meaning behind cat names, common names and even uncommon names. This has inspired many cat lovers to send us stories about HOW their cat got their names. We liked the stories so much that we wanted to share them with you.

Here are some of our favorites:


For many years I had two female black cats, Lucy and Mystery. Lucy's name had nothing to do with her hair color, so I won't explain why I chose it. Mystery, though, was a stray kitten who showed up unexpectedly one Saturday morning on our patio. My husband let her in, thinking she was Lucy, and she stayed with us another 18 years. I was trying to think of what to name her and said "you're just a little mystery kitty," and I knew I had it. I'll never know where she came from, so she was a mystery. Plus, the gorgeous black coat helped. I might not have given her that name if she had been another color. Black cats are more mysterious than others, at least in popular culture, so it fit. – Nancy Groves


French-Canadians call their kitties Minew, not Kitty. I had a tortie named Minew and a cat-hating friend named her Manure. The name was appropriate for her coloring and it stuck for 18 years. I have since had another Manure who lasted 12 years. One of these days I will get another tortie and name her Manure also. – Linda


I was given a little cat they called Simba, but when I checked it was a female so I named her Simberella. – Sharon


I had a black and white cat we called Eightball – just like the pool ball. – Mary Dunne


Newest member in daughter's family is named "55". She was found near death as a tiny kitten in someone's barn and RUSHED to the nearest vet. She weighed two ounces and was given a shot of warm fluid for dehydration, antibiotics, eye drops and formula. The vet said she had a 50% chance of surviving. My daughter said I won't accept that. She has a 55% chance and from that came her name. That was July 3rd. 55 is now a bouncing bundle of energy, strength and spirit. She has put on quite a show for the family since her arrival. Derek came home from work one night, sat on the couch. 55 came down the stairs and jumped up on the couch where he was, bit his nose and jumped back down and ran back upstairs. She also harasses the two male boxers who seem to adore her for some reason. I guess she's proof you don't have to be big to be the ruler! – Karen Youngs


Being lovers of Black Kitty's we already had a Sammie………so when our new little boy came to us…..he was just a Rookie at being like Sammie….so his name is Rokkie! Linda Mendez & Phil Midiri


I named one of our kittens "Stucker" after he got stuck up a tree, then stuck in my car, then stuck in the neighbor's garage overnight. The name just fit! – Molly Reese

Oven Mitt

Oven Mitt was so named after the infamous Arby's Oven Mitt character on their commercials. True to his character, my little girl is ALWAYS on the tail end of a large, loud, unfamiliar noise or bang which ALWAYS results in a huge cleanup of the disaster. – Colleen

Little Nubbie

I have a black kitten (about 3 and a half months old) that we named Nubbie. We came up with this name because when he was only a couple days we noticed that 3/4 of his tail was missing (perhaps his mama chewed it off during birth, we don't know) – Teri


I have two cats one name hallalu when we picked him up to take him home he was laying on his back all four legs where in the air like he was singing in church. – Leslie

Sparky, Raswcal & Peek-a-Boo

I always named my cats based upon their personality. I have an orange and white cat who – as a kitten – had to be kept away from electrical cords. Hence the name, "Sparky". I also had a "Rascal" who loved to paw at the phone until he speed-dialed

911, and a "Peek-a-Boo" who loved to hid under the bed covers. We also

had a "Widget" because we just couldn't agree on a name for the little

thing. Observing your kitten for the little quirks of his/her personality will soon tell you the most appropriate name to give the little one. – Sharon French

A Tribute to the Dogs That Never Made it to Their Forever Home

We received this email in response to a newsletter about how to known when it might be time to put your dog to sleep. The article was called When to Consider Euthanasia in Dogs. We received some wonderful emails back about different thoughts and experiences. This email was very special. We hope it gives you comfort.

Dear PetPlace,

After reading this article and the Rainbow Bridge poem again and again I was reminded of another poem about loss and pets.

I am a dog rescue volunteer in Maryland and I learned of the below story when one of our most dedicated volunteers was killed in a car accident after picking up two dogs from a shelter to join our organization. If you do an upcoming newsletter on volunteering this might to worth including.

Thank you.

Karen E.

To the Dogs Who Never Made it to Their Forever Home and The People that Tried to Help Them Find Their Way

Unlike most days at the Rainbow Bridge, this day dawned cold and gray, damp as a swamp and as dismal as could be imagined. All of the recent arrivals had no idea what to think, as they had never experienced a day like this before.

But the animals who had been waiting for their beloved people know exactly what was going on and started to gather at the pathway leading to The Bridge to watch. It wasn’t long before an elderly animal came into view, head hung low and tail dragging. The other animals, the ones who had been there for a while, knew what his story was right away, for they had seen this happen far too often.

He approached slowly, obviously in great emotional pain, but with no sign of injury or illness. Unlike all of the other animals waiting at The Bridge, this animal had not been restored to youth and made healthy and vigorous again. As he walked toward The Bridge, he watched all of the other animals watching him. He knew he was out of place here and the sooner he could cross over, the happier he would be.

But, alas, as he approached The Bridge, his way was barred by the appearance of an Angel who apologized, but told him that he would not be able to pass. Only those animals who were with their people could pass over Rainbow Bridge. With no place else to turn, the elderly animal turned towards the fields before The Bridge and saw a group of other animals like himself, also elderly and infirm. They weren’t playing, but rather simply lying on the green grass, forlornly staring out at the pathway leading to The Bridge. And so, he took his place among them, watching the pathway and waiting.

One of the newest arrivals at The Bridge didn’t understand what he had just witnessed and asked one of the animals that had been there for a while to explain it to him. “You see, that poor animal was a rescue. He was turned in to the rescue just as you see him now, an older animal with his fur graying and his eyes clouding. He never made it out of the rescue and passed on with only the love of his rescuer to comfort him as he left his earthly existence. Because he had no family to give his love to, he has no one to escort him across The Bridge.”

The first animal thought about this for a minute and then asked, “So what will happen now?” As he was about to receive his answer, the clouds suddenly parted and the gloom lifted. Approaching The Bridge could be seen a single person and among the older animals, a whole group was suddenly bathed in a golden light and they were all young and healthy again, just as they were in the prime of life. “Watch, and see,” said the second animal. A second group of animals from those waiting came to the pathway and bowed low as the person neared. At each bowed head, the person offered a pat on the head or a scratch behind the ears. The newly restored animals fell into line and followed her towards The Bridge. They all crossed The Bridge together.

“What happened?”

“That was a rescuer. The animals you saw bowing in respect were those who found new homes because of her work. They will cross when their new families arrive. Those you saw restored were those who never found homes. When a rescuer arrives, they are allowed to perform one, final act of rescue. They are allowed to escort those poor animals that they couldn’t place on earth across The Rainbow Bridge.”


Foster Care Program Option for Foreclosure

We received this email that we want to share with you as a response to our foreclosure article about pets being left behind.

A lot of shelters have foster care programs. These are especially important when the shelters go through crisis periods of overcrowding. Maybe you could write about that and suggest to people that even if they can't adopt a dog permanently, they could volunteer to foster one or more until the shelter crisis has lessened. Although this isn't a foreclosure story,

I recently picked up a young lab/shepherd mix from the center of the road (photo attached) where she was happily trotting along behind my car. She is adorable and sweet, superbly trained, and obviously well cared for, and we all fell in love with her. We thought her owner would certainly be looking for her, but all of our extensive efforts to find the owner failed. Unfortunately, our house is so small that we already trip over the two 90-pound canine babies that we already have, so we preferred not to keep her. After two weeks, a wonderful retired woman called and asked if she could have her if we didn't find the owner.

She had seen the picture on the internet and said she'd been looking for a young, white, female lab mix just like that one. Now the dog lives with someone who gives her all the love a dog could want, and all the time and attention she needs. They live in a beautiful retirement community with walking trails and even a "dog area" for socializing with other dogs every day. And to top it all off, we've made a wonderful new human friend.

My family was torn up to see "Elinor" go, but the story really couldn't have had a happier ending. This experience tells me two particular things. First, people like us who cannot adopt another pet can still manage to foster one temporarily. Second, while trying to find the owner of this dog, I became familiar with various Internet resources (such as the pet section of Craig's list) which can help people find homes for animals they can't keep – either lost animals which they find, or animals they can't take when they move.

Perhaps you could also write about Internet resources for finding homes for dogs that you cannot keep. If you haven't already, you could write tips for finding dogs that get lost (e.g. Internet resources, ads in the paper, and listings at the local shelters in case someone turns them in)

Rebecca Wolfe

Mr. Pickle Has 3 Days To Live

I belong to a group called Fullcircles (previously Freecycle), which offers items to our local community Free. The idea is to keep things, which are still reusable to others, out of the landfills. There is no charge for the items, and all one has to do is offer for the things they want. We have a Pet Advisor on the site as well, who tries to help foster, home, and adopt pets who are no longer wanted for a variety of reasons. It was on Fullcircles that I was destined to meet Mr. P (Pickle). The call for adoption came in an unusual way, and I got on it right away. The Subject Line read: MR. PICKLE HAS 3 DAYS TO LIVE, 2 year old, male tabby, neutered and declawed. If interested in giving Mr. Pickle a forever home, please call……..

It was the subject that got me, and I was very curious as to why Mr. P had 3 days to live, so I made the call, even though my hubby and I presently have two cats – Kali and KoKo, one dog-Kita, a cockatiel-Pretty Bird and a budgie-Sweetie Bird. We are both retired, and the last thing hubby wanted was another animal to take care of, so he gave me the token warning. I in turn, said "Don't worry, I just want to find out what they mean by 3 days to live."

Well, I made the call, and spoke with the lady who put out the advertisement on Fullcircles…..It goes like this:

Mr. P was abandoned by someone in the Qu'Appelle area of our province. A very pretty area with hills and lots of trees, with a little town set right in the middle of it all, called Fort Qu'Appelle. I don't know how long Mr. P had been abandoned, but somewhere along the line he was picked up while trying to fend for himself, and taken to the local animal shelter, hopefully to be adopted by someone in the very near future (and I mean very near), or the owner called and claimed him….that didn't happen.

Now normally I would think about adopting, but in the back of my mind I told myself that I already had my furry, feathery pets, and I shouldn't take this extra one (but that was before I asked about the 3 days to live thing.) Apparently, the Qu'Appelle District has a rule about strays, no matter what shape they are in. If they are picked up and brought to the shelter, the Bylaw of the town/shelter states that they will only keep the animals for a 3 day period, and after that it's (to say this nicely) Lights Out! for that animal. Pretty short notice on life for any animal who ends up in this shelter. I was still undecided about Mr. P, until I asked exactly what that meant and here is the answer. No matter what the health of the cat, no matter if it was an unclaimed pet, or an abandoned pet left to fend for himself (as in Mr. P's case), if they were in the shelter, they could only be there for 3 days and after that were taken out of the shelter and put down. Okay, I understand that, and mentioned that it was a pretty short time for an animal to have a chance to be claimed, and if not they are euthanized. I suppose normally over population would be when euthanization was done, however, in the case of the bylaw, euthanization isn't the way Mr. P would go. He would be taken out and shot! Yes, that's what I said – Shot! It was at that point I told this lady I wouldn't stand to see any animal shot and that I would take him and give him a forever home. The kids here will get used to him (and they did). Mr. P was delivered to me a couple of days later by the lady who put out the ad; and I am so glad I didn't listen to my husband. He is the sweetest, most docile, lovable cat I have ever had the pleasure of bringing to my home. He is playful, always looks surprised when you call him, sleeps on the bed between the pillows, and sometimes under the covers at the foot of the bed, plays with the dog. He is a great addition to the family, and never causes a problem. I know he is happy here, as he is everywhere we are, and even likes to be outside on a harness and leash. He'll never have to worry again, and he will have his forever home with us and I am happy to give this to him for the return of his love and trust.

Are the Requirements to Adopt a Dog Too High?

In response to your recent e-message regarding Animal shelters and adopting a pet. Over the past 6 months I have tried and tried to adopt a rescued dog from a couple local humane society's & animal rescue shelter. I filled out a five-page application for the animal rescue and a two-page application for the humane society. I had no luck at all. I've always had pets my entire life and always treated them as a member of our family. My applications were accepted, but every dog I inquired about, I was denied. The reason, as explained to me, was that I didn't have a fenced in yard. My point is; the requirements to adopt a pet may be too high. I know the adopting person(s) should absolutely be investigated but not to the point of losing well-qualified persons that could give these dogs a loving home. In my case, I ended up buying a dog from a breeder.

Suzy Blan

Foreclosure Causing Frustration

We received this email that we want to share with you as a response to our foreclosure article about pets being left behind.

If you please I am not in that situation yet.

But, people if they are leaving their homes and pets behind how are they suppose to afford paying a 200.00 dollar pet deposit and 20 to 35.00 dollar pet rental a month in an apartment plus, pay another 500.00 or 1000.00 dollar deposit to live in the unit and you don't always get the deposit back when you leave when there is not pet damage. The requirement is to keep half. You would think they have to clean the carpets regardless of when a new tenant arrives. It's ridiculous!!!! I say have the landlords reduce those costs so that we can have our animals. I have looked everywhere for 2 months and on the other side of town which is 13 miles from work I can have unlimited number within reason and don't have to pay a deposit and pet rental a month. It is the only place within a town home or apartment that I have found. I live in a big city!!

We have our pets in our own homes and now we have to pay to have them live with us in an apartment or town home. Yes, it is a luxury to have an animal and take care of it, vet it but not to have to pay double for it. The apartment where my sister lives they want pictures of their animals they say to put in their file folders. I say they just want to know what kind of dog they have so they can consider it a violate animal. It's not the dog
it's the human not training the dog. I prefer having a Rottweiler. Beauty they are but everyone thinks they are mean. With this day and age look @ the number of children and women being victimized! Why not have a dog that looks mean. I think it is unfair to pass that kind of judgment on an animal.

The people who have foreclosed really aren't their issue having to uproot and leave their pets. Further more the Humane Society I have taken animals there and they want money too! And the military those people have to leave their pets behind too! I am not a firm believer in leaving animals unattended too but somewhere someone has to give a little here. One more thing then you have city ordinances that if one wanted to Foster and already have pets they get fined if you go over that ordinance. HOW DO WE WIN! HOW DOES THE ANIMAL WIN!

One frustrated reader.

Jerrie Rimas

Tip on Water to be Used in Pet Fountains

Here is a tip from one of our users:

I have been seeing much information regarding children having more cavities and thinner porcelain on their teeth. It is thought the problem is caused partially from children drinking more filtered water and bottled water. Tap water has added fluoride and natural minerals, which filters remove.

We have changed our own drinking habits and drink at least 50% tap water. We give our cat's only tap water. Sometimes we take 'improvements' too far and create a problem in the interest of making things better.

Do you have a special pet tip? Click here to submit your own cat tips and we may publish and share them with users!

Is My Duck Dead? Lady Asks Vet

This is a cute story a dog lover asked us to share with you. We hope you enjoy it.

A woman brought a very limp duck to a veterinary surgeon. As she laid her pet on the table, the vet pulled out his stethoscope and listened to the bird's chest. After a moment or two, the vet shook his head and sadly said, "I'm sorry, Ma'am, but your duck, Cuddles, has passed away."

The distressed woman wailed, "Are you sure?"

"Yes, I am sure. Your duck is dead," replied the vet.

"How can you be so sure?" she protested. "I mean, you haven't done any testing on him or anything. He might just be in a coma or something."

The vet rolled his eyes, turned around and left the room. He returned a few minutes later with a black Labrador Retriever. As the duck's owner looked on in amazement, the dog stood on his hind legs, put his front paws on the examination table and sniffed the duck from top to bottom. He then looked up at the vet with sad eyes and shook his head. The vet patted the dog on the head and took it out of the room.

A few minutes later he returned with a cat. The cat jumped on the table and also delicately sniffed the bird from head to foot. The cat sat back on its haunches, shook its head, meowed softly and strolled out of the room. The vet looked at the woman and said, "I'm sorry, but as I said, this is most definitely, 100% certifiably, a dead duck."

The vet turned to his computer terminal, hit a few keys and produced a bill, which he handed to the woman.

The duck's owner, still in shock, took the bill. "$150!" she cried, "$150 just to tell me my duck is dead!"

The vet shrugged, "I'm sorry. If you had just taken my word for it, the bill would have been $20, but with the Lab Report and the Cat Scan, it's now $150."

You know the drill .. if you're smiling, you must pass it on, give someone else a smile too.


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