Letter T Toads

Letter T Toads

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Like frogs, toads are amphibians. They differ from most frogs in that they have dry skin, warts, crests behind the eyes, and parotoid glands. The parotoid glands produce a poisonous secretion that helps to defend the toad from predators. This substance, which is called bufotoxin, can cause death in small animals and allergic reactions in humans. They have other ways to avoid being eaten too—if they’re brown or green in color, they can blend into their surroundings, and brightly colored toads let predators know that they’re poisonous! Toads also puff up their bodies in an attempt to look bigger and inedible if a predator is nearby.

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