Classroom Animals and Pets - Amphibians




Toads ... (contributions needed!)

NOTE: Check on local regulations when keeping local species. For example, BC environment permits are required to collect, keep and transport all native BC vertebrates including frogs, newts, salamanders etc. dead or alive at any stage of life. Permits are $10. Contact the Ministry of the Environment, Fish & Wildlife Branch.

Amphibians - Dictionary Definition

The 1989 World Book Dictionary definition of an amphibian is:

1. one of a class of cold-blooded vertebrates having a usually moist skin without scales. Frogs, toads, newts, and salamanders are amphibians. Their eggs are laid in water, where the young hatch and usually develop as tadpoles (larval stage) that have gills for breathing. Later they develop legs and most develop lungs, though some salamanders never do.
2. an animal that lives both on land and in water but is unable to breathe under water. Crocodiles, seals, and beavers are amphibians. *(?!?!)
3. a plant that grows on land or in water.
4. an aircraft that can take off from and land on either land or water.
5. a tank, truck, or other vehicle able to travel across land or water.
6. Figurative. a person who has a two-fold character or leads a double life

*Hmmm... beavers??? I will be referring to definition #1 when I speak of an amphibian! I must admit that I have never heard of definition #2 before!!!


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