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Are Toads Reptiles?



Toads are not reptiles. Toads are amphibians

Toads are not reptiles, but amphibians. This is because they exhibit the two main amphibian traits: beginning life in the water and going through metamorphosis early in their life cycle.

About Amphibians

Amphibians develop in soft eggs in the water, emerging as larvae that require water to survive.  When they emerge, they do not look like their parents, but must go through metamorphosis as they grow up. Toad larvae, for example, develop as tadpoles with tails and gills and become toadlets with lungs, legs and tails. They later lose their tails when they become fully developed toads. As adults, many amphibians continue to live near or in water. Toads mate in the water; females release the eggs into the water, where they are fertilized by the males.  Amphibians typically have moist skin. Common amphibians, in addition to toads, are frogs, salamanders and newts. Amphibians are cold-blooded vertebrates.

About Reptiles

Reptiles begin life in leathery eggs laid on land or are born live from their mothers. They look like their parents when they are born, rather than metamorphosing into the adult form. They usually have scaly skin. Common reptiles are snakes, turtles, lizards and alligators. Like amphibians, reptiles are cold-blooded vertebrates.



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