Why Do Frogs And Toads Have Nasty Slimy Skin?


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Kath Senior Profile
Kath Senior answered
Amphibians, which include frogs, toads, salamanders and newts have very delicate skin that has no obvious form of protection. To try to make themselves as safe as possible, amphibians have glands in their skin that secrete a slimy mucous. This keeps the skin moist when the animal is out of water and it acts as a sort of waterproof coating when the animal is in the water.
In frogs, the mucous acts as its main form of defence from predators because it makes the frog too slippery for predators to catch. Some amphibians secrete poisons and toxins into the secretions that coat their skin. In some species, these glands are spread evenly over the body surface but in others they just occur at key points.

Toads have toxic skin glands just above their eyes called parotid glands and these are capable of squirting out poison to get a predator before it gets too close, rather than waiting until the predator takes a bite to get a dose of repelling toxin.
Denise Araujo Profile
Denise Araujo answered
Bamsk8grl is right frogs are slimy because they are in moist places, they like to get dryed from the sun, and when they get too dryed they jump into the water to make themselves cool...
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Chelsey Vietti Profile
Chelsey Vietti answered
I think frogs are slimy because they like to be in moist places like water or mud.
sebastian houng Profile
sebastian houng answered
They are made that way
they also stay in water
Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
Toxic stuff or water, the slime is just a water type thing that help keeps the frogs a live
Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
So it helps the frog get away from the predator and it needs to be moist enough so it can live

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