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Sing-along to our amphibian songs

Did you know that in 2012, we learned that there were 7,000 species of amphibians known? Our friend, The Wiggly Tendrils, wrote a catchy song just to celebrate amphibians! Now there are over 8,000 species of known amphibians. The song remains a winner. Enjoy! This music video was produced by the California Academy of Sciences and Grant Inouye.

What is a caecilian? Boy, can they dance! The Wiggly Tendrils wrote this song to celebrate the 200th species of caecilian described. The Caecilian Cotillion is so catchy, that students at Ex'pression College (Emeryville, California) captured their secrets here.

Downloadable Activity Sheets (For Kids)

Amphibian Word Search Activity (pdf)
The most common frog life cycle type - illustration by Ann T. Chang
The Black Salamander (Aneides flavipunctatus) - illustration by Athena Dao
Pacific Treefrog (Pseudacris regilla) - illustration by Athena Dao
Caecilian (Siphonops annulatus) - illustration by Athena Dao

Downloadable Book (For Youngsters)

Our Neighbors Frog and Toad (24 pages PDF) -- Emma Steigerwald, UC Berkeley graduate student, with a team of high school students at The Innovation Center of St Vrain’s Valley Schools (Lily Herring, Adah McMillan, Cara Robbins, Corey Savickas, & Pamela Tseng), designed this educational comic.
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Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), Amphibian Fun and Games:

  • Caller ID: The Frog - and Toad! - Mating Game - Learn how frog and toad use sound to find each other, tell species apart, and how these techniques are used by scientists. You can also adapt this lesson plan to your region by visiting AmphibiaWeb's Call and Video Files or search your region to see what calls are available.

  • Is Climate Change Good for Frogs? - Learn how climate changes impacts the lives of frogs and other animals.

  • Frog Olympics - Get physically active while exploring how different frog jumping and feeding abilities help them survive in their environment.

  • From Polliwog to Frog - Use this lesson plan to demonstrate how a typical frog transforms via metamorphosis from the aquatic larval stage to the terrestrial adult phase. You can also pair this with the AmphibiaWeb Life Cycle coloring page .

  • Metamorphosis - Learn about the amphibian life cycle and how they develop from their (typically) aquatic phase to their terrestrial phase. This lesson plan can also be adapted to different species by searching the AmphibiaWeb's CalPhoto Library associated with each species! Expand on this lesson plan for more advanced students by including direct developing amphibians as examples and for discussion points. You can also pair this with the AmphibiaWeb Life Cycle coloring page .

  • Soak it Up - Learn why amphibians' permeable skin makes them susceptible to pollution and why that makes them great bio-indicators.

  • Toad Abode - Learn how to make an inviting habitat for a toad using this activity, which leaves room for creativity and art.

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