Hop right to it and test yourself about how much you know about toads. Answers are on page 30.

1. Which is true about both a toad's (and a frog's) tongue?
A. It is sticky.
B. It is double-forked.
C. It is attached to the front of the toad's mouth.
D. A & C

2. Frogs have teeth on their upper jaw. Toads:
A. Have teeth on their upper jaw.
B. Have teeth on their lower jaw.
A. Have teeth on both jaws.
D. Toads do not have teeth.

3. Toads have shorter legs than frogs. How does this help the toad?
A. Shorter legs make it easier for a toad to hop higher.
B. Shorter legs make it easier for toads to duck under leaves for cover.
C. Shorter legs make it easier for toads to walk on land.
D. Shorter legs make it easier to dig burrows.

4. As a rule, which is true?
A. Toads lay eggs in a chain; frogs in a cluster.
B. Toads lay eggs in a cluster; frogs in a chain.
C. Toads & frogs lay eggs in a chain.
D. Toads & frogs lay eggs in a cluster.

5. Unlike most frogs, which are moist and smooth, most toads are dry and bumpy. What is the purpose of a toad's bumps?
A. They protect a toad by causing warts in any predator or human that tries to eat it or pick it up.
B. They protect a toad by providing
camouflage.
C. They contain poison that will sicken or kill a predator that tries to eat them.
D. They store fat to help the toad survive
during times when food is scarce.

6. The paratoid gland is located behind the eyes on each side of a toad's neck. This gland secretes a milky substance that irritates mucous membranes (eyes, mouth) and can even kill some predators. Which of these other animals sometimes have parotoid gland?
A. Frogs
B. Lizards
B. Salamanders
D. A & C

Answers

1. D
2. D
3. C
4. A
5. B
6. D