An introduction to amphibian life. How do amphibians differ from other land vertebrates? And why they are still so dependent on water to survive?
- Amphibians follow a two-stage life cycle: a juvenile stage in water and an adult stage on land.
- Anura, which includes frogs and toads, is the biggest and most diverse order of amphibians.
- The order Caudata includes salamanders and newts and are characterised by long tails.
- Caecilians are limbless amphibians that resemble worms.
All amphibians are cold-blooded vertebrates.
The name 'amphibian' means 'double life' and reflects the most defining feature of modern amphibians.
They follow a two-stage life cycle: first as a juvenile form in water, and then as an adult that lives on land.
There are three main amphibian groups alive today.
The order ...
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