Ed Golson Outdoor Education

What are amphibians?

What is an amphibian? Amphibians are cold-blooded animals that spend part of their life in the water and part of their life on land. Amphibians are vertebrates , meaning they have a backbone.

Amphibians lay hundreds of tiny, soft eggs, called spawn. These often contain young that do not look like the adults at all. These eggs mature into tadpoles. Tadpoles look similar to small fish because they have gills and a tail. These tadpoles live and grow in water until eventually they undergo metamorphosis and turn into adults. During metamorphosis, the tadpoles grow legs and lungs, and lose their gills and often their tails. They then move onto land as fully grown frogs, toads, or salamanders.

Michigan has many types of amphibians. If you want to learn more, just go back to the list and start exploring.