Here you can quickly and easily print out your frog coloring pages. The printed frog picture can then be colored with your favorite colors.
There are many different kinds of frogs on our planet, and every frog has its colors and patterns. Some frogs are bright red, and others are deep blue with black dots on their backs. But the most famous frog in our region is the green tree frog. What color will you give your frog? By clicking on the large animal motif, you can print out our painting picture for free and then color it in with your pencils.
For long time amphibians and reptiles did not have a good reputation: “These disgusting, disgusting animals are despicable,” said the Swedish natural scientist Carl von Linné about them.
Even today, many people would probably agree with his verdict. Nevertheless, the picture of the broad masses has changed in the meantime: The frog has become a popular figure. It advertises cleaning products, shoe care, or is even a star in TV shows – like Kermit from The Muppet Show and Sesame Street.
Frog Coloring Pages Collection
Here you can find the collection of various frog coloring pages. See the gallery below.
Frog and Toad, a clarification of terms
The layman generally distinguishes between frogs and toads – but scientifically speaking, he is often wrong. Toads are usually clumsier in build than frogs. Their hind legs are not much longer than their front legs, so they run and do not jump. Toads are land animals that only seek the water to lay their eggs.
But here too, exceptions confirm the rule, so that a clear separation of the species makes little sense. Frogs, toads, and toads – and the corresponding subfamilies – are counted among the frog lurks. Frogs, together with their tails, to which salamanders and newts belong, and crawlers (blind burrows), form the three groups of amphibians.
It is assumed that today’s forms of frogs developed from the Jurassic about 130 million years ago. The first ancestors may have been bony fish, such as the coelacanth or the lungfish, which already lived 400 million years ago.
Presumably, the unique pectoral and ventral fins of these animals, which have a skeleton equipped with muscles, developed pairs of legs in the course of evolution, which enabled the animals to move from water to land. While land animals evolved from these first amphibians, the amphibians themselves remained bound to the water to this day.
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The magic skin
Frogs have conquered the most diverse habitats in the course of their development history. They owe their enormous adaptability primarily to their skin. The largest organ of their body is available in almost all colors and shapes – and all variations have a particular meaning.
In some species, such as the Asian Common Tip back Frog, the skin serves as camouflage: this frog can only be distinguished from a leaf only by looking very closely.
The skin of the red toad and the yellow-bellied toad, which also lives in Europe, serves as a deterrent. When in danger, it throws itself on its back and shows its red or yellow spotted underside – a warning to all enemies. The signal colors mean in the animal kingdom: Caution! I am poisonous! The same applies to the squeaky colored poison dart frogs from South America.
Quite different, however, with the Maki grab frog: It lives in the extremely hot tropics of South America. Specialized glands in its skin produce an oily secretion that acts almost like sunscreen. This layer of fat protects it from dehydration and allows it to sunbathe for hours.
In the Aga toad, on the other hand, the skin is leathery and warty. In danger, it secretes a poisonous secretion from powerful glands on its head. Pets such as dogs or cats can die from this poison.
Frogs colonize almost the entire earth, except for the polar regions and extreme deserts. Some species spawn in waters near freezing point and those that prefer hot springs with 35 degrees Celsius as spawning waters.
However, the majority live in temperate zones, especially in the warm and humid regions of South America. The Brazilian Araucaria forest alone is home to 700 different species.
In our temperate latitudes, however, the diversity is rather small. In Germany, there are 14 species of frog, plus one introduced: the bullfrog, which originates from America.
Sophisticated survival strategies
Over millions of years, frogs have developed interesting survival strategies. Highly specialized species can also survive more prolonged droughts by burrowing deep into the desert floor.
An endogenous water loss of almost 50 percent is no problem for them, while other amphibians cannot survive a water loss of 25 to 30 percent. By shifting their activity times into the night, most amphibians limit their water loss.
Some African frog species can tolerate full sunlight and temperatures up to 50 degrees Celsius. To achieve this, the animals reduce their body surface by placing their extremities close to the body. Besides, the body colour changes to white, which increases light reflection.
Probably the water cooling, or evaporation, of the plant, is also exploited here. Nocturnal animals avoid the dangers of being eaten by their way of life, as most of their enemies, such as birds and reptiles, are diurnal.
Frogs are also biological indicators. This means that they react very quickly to environmental changes due to their unique way of life and their thin, permeable skin. Today there are over 5000 known species of frogs, and every year several new species are discovered.
In 1973, for example, the Australian Stomach-breeder frog (lat. Rheobatrachus silus) was discovered. With this species, the offspring of the animals develop in the stomach of the mother. The young animals are then simply spat out. But soon after the discovery of this “frog sensation,” the population collapsed dramatically – even in unspoiled habitats. In 1981, only one animal was found in the wild. In 1984 the last one died in captivity.
The fate of the stomach brooder frog is only one of many examples. In 1989, frog researchers spoke for the first time at an international conference about the “global frog death.”
Subsequently, in 1991, a headquarters was even founded under the umbrella of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN): the Declining Amphibian Populations Task Force (DAPTF). It offers scientists and other interested parties a platform and networks all the data collected, documenting the decline of amphibians and possible reasons for it.