Children in Nature - How Does A Frog or Toad Survive Winter?

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Kids are curious about nature and well they should be - having a healthy environment helps keep them emotionally and physically healthy as well.

Above you see a photo of my daughter this year with Toady. He was captured for scientific study purposes only and released back into the garden so he could consume insects and help the garden. The question that came up during this summer study project about frogs and toads was, "How does a frog or toad survive winter?"

My daughter and I called Jim Kleinwachter at The Conservation Foundation to answer her question. Turns out it is pretty simple - they hibernate in burrows, especially near a possible tadpole release spot in the spring like a pond bank, or bury themselves deep in mud and hibernate through the winter. Because frogs and toads are
cold-blooded, their body processes slow down as the temperature gets colder. Amazingly, some frogs' bodies have a natural antifreeze
built into them and certain breeds of frogs who live in cold climates
can survive being frozen solid. In the spring they dethaw or dig out, mate, and create tadpoles for the new season.

By the way, frogs and toads DO NOT give you warts. Virus's cause warts and the virus does not come from a frog or toad.

What are you learning out in nature with your children?

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