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Beautiful Frog Photos

Frog is a kind of four legs creature which live in both environments, water environment and land environment. Frog always serves its life with insects living around its place, particularly where there have some small plants because a lot of insect species shelter in there. The whole frog’s body also come in many different colors according to the environment they have associated and some frog’s skin colors are really beautiful and confusing.

Frogs are a diverse and largely carnivorous group of short-bodied, tailless amphibians composing the order Anura (Ancient Greek an-,without + oura, tail). The oldest fossil “proto-frog” appeared in the early Triassic of Madagascar, but molecular clock dating suggests their origins may extend further back to the Permian, 265 million years ago. Frogs are widely distributed, ranging from the tropics to subarctic regions, but the greatest concentration of species diversity is found in tropical rain forests. There are approximately 4,800 recorded species, accounting for over 85% of extant amphibian species. They are also one of the five most diverse vertebrate orders.

The body plan of an adult frog is generally characterized by a stout body, protruding eyes, cleft tongue, limbs folded underneath, and the absence of a tail in adults. Besides living in fresh water and on dry land, the adults of some species are adapted for living underground or in trees. The skin of the frog is glandular, with secretions ranging from distasteful to toxic. Warty species of frog tend to be called toads but the distinction between frogs and toads is based on informal naming conventions concentrating on the warts rather than taxonomy or evolutionary history; some toads are more closely related to frogs than to other toads. Frogs’ skins vary in color from well-camouflaged dappled brown, grey and green to vivid patterns of bright red or yellow and black to advertise toxicity and warn off predators. More info:

Netherlands-based macro-photographer Wil Mijer does very good job in capturing the frogs. She doesn’t just like to take the photo of frogs, but most of the small living creatures she could find such as butterflies, spiders, flies, and more. The reason we feature the frog on our site because we feel it is unique and rare creature in macro photography.

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