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Do Frogs Have Hair And What About Toads?

A photo of a frog with pretend hair

This article answers one of them curious little questions that you may have in life. Have you ever found yourself wondering:

“Do frogs have hairs?”

Well believe it or not you are not alone. From my research on google thousands of people are asking this same question every month!

So i am going to do my best to answer this question for you and give you all the information you could ever want to know on the subject.

First off I will give you the quick and simple answer. I recommend sticking around though as I will also reveal some awesome information and facts a little later.

Do frogs and toads have hair?

Ok, so straight off the bat let’s get down into the nitty gritty and get the question answered. You all came here to know the answer to whether frogs have hair, right?

As you may know frogs are cold blooded creatures. This means that frogs do not regulate their own temperature, instead relying on the environment. Not only that, frogs do not have and do not need hair to keep them warm. There is one exception to the rule though, the wolverine frog does have a type of hair but it is hair with a difference. More about that later in the article.

So there we have it frogs for not have hair. Now I will go a little more in-depth and reveal some pretty cool facts that I found out.

Why do frogs not have hair?

The answer to this question is really simple. Frogs do not have hair basically because they do not have any need for it.

We use our hair as an insulator to keep in our body heat. We do this because we are warm blooded and produce our own body heat.

A frog is a cold blooded amphibian and this means that it does not produce any body heat. Instead it relies on the environment to provide warmth for it.

If the frog had a good layer of hair it could act negatively in helping it absorb the warmth from the environment and instead stop the heat getting through to its body.

For this reason the frog has smooth hairless skin that is far better at absorbing the heat from the suns rays and also the surrounding environment.

Do frogs and toads have fur?

You may be thinking hair is fur, right? Well no it isn’t the same thing. We have both hair and fur on our bodies.

Hair on our head and some other regions and fur on our arms. The difference but the two is that hair willl grow keep growing and has no maximum length. Fur on the other hand though will stop growing at a certain length and is usually a little finer.

So do frogs have fur instead? No frogs and toads do not have fur on there bodies. This is for exactly the same reasons as why they do not have hair.

If frogs do not have hair how is their skin made up?

Below is a diagram that shows how a frogs skin is made up.

A diagram showing how a frogs skin is made up
A frogs skin is made up of a couple of layers and lots of tiny glands but no hairs.

As you can see in the above picture frogs have an outer and inner layer of skin and situated between them are various glands.

These glands excrete mucous and poisons. What you will notice though is that there are no hair follicles or roots for hairs.

“Cool fact time, frogs do not drink water with their mouths. Instead they absorb it through their skin!”

Because of this absorption it is important not to handle frogs. As well as absorbing water they can absorb oils and salts off your skin. This can cause really dangerous problems for a frog or toad.

Is there any frog that does have hair?

Well I am glad you asked! There is actually one frog that bucks the trend and does have a type of hair!

ladies and gentlemen I introduce to you the “wolverine frog” or as it is sometimes known the “hairy frog”.

A photo of a wolverine frog
Wolverine frogs are the only frogs that we know of that do have a type of hair!

Now the wolverine frog is no ordinary frog. In fact it has loads of weird features that most frogs do not possess.

One of these weird tricks is that it can actually break its own bones to reveal sharp spikes on its lower leg area. Hence the name wolverine frog. It does this to stop predators from trying to eat it and the bones will gradually fuse back together.

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Does the wolverine frog actually have hair?

As you can see in the above photo it looks as though the wolverine frog has hairs. Don’t be fooled though these are not hairs.

Just like all frogs the hairy frog does not have hairs. In actual fact these hair like structures are called dermal papillae.

You can think of these as more like a gill. They help to increase oxygen absorption. So no, there are not any actual hairs on this frog either!

If you would like to know more about the hairy frog aka the wolverine frog, check out the video below:

Conclusion.

Frogs and toads do not need hair, it would serve no purpose to them as they are cold blooded and cannot heat themselves up.

Although the adult male wolverine frog may look as though it has hair this is in fact untrue.

Frogs are a really interesting animal that continue to amaze and surprise me and I hope that this article has given you the information you was looking for.

Related questions.

What do frogs eat? Believe it or not frogs eat just about anything that is meat. They will eat bugs and insects and even small rodents and snakes! If you are interested in learning more check out this article that I wrote about feeding frogs.

Can you handle and pet a frog? Unfortunately no, this is a bad idea. Frogs have skin that can absorb moisture. This is how they drink, through their skin! What this means though is that they can absorb toxins off your hands such as oils and salts. This can actually prove fatal to the frog, so no, don’t handle a frog if you see one. Another thing to note is that frogs produce toxins on their skin to stop predators, nasty stuff.

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