About Tree Frogs

December 30th, 2014

There are actually several varieties of tree frogs in the world

You may find this surprising, but there are actually several varieties of tree frogs in the world. The most digitally relevant are, of course, the group of designers, programmers and website engineers who have somehow landed themselves with the name The Frogs. However, in a spirit of transparency and honesty, we would like to formally admit to the existence of a second type of frog: the amphibian.

Now, an amphibian is not a reptile, but a member of the zoological class called Amphibia. They are cold-blooded (or poikilothermic) vertebrate animals. They differ from reptiles in that they lack scales and generally return to water to breed. They are one of three types of Amphibians: Anura, also called Salientia, (frogs and toads), caudate (salamanders and newts) and caecilians (worm-like amphibians). Amphibians together with reptiles make up a larger group called Herps.

The study of reptiles and amphibians is called Herpetology. Herp comes from the Greek word herpeton, which basically means “creepy crawly things that move about on their bellies.” A herptile is an individual herp. A person who keeps and breeds herps is called a herpetoculturist and the hobby is called herpetoculture.