What's the difference between toads and frogs?
Frogs and toads are related, but they're not exactly alike. Frogs have smooth, slick skin, while toads have warty, bumpy skin (by the way, you can't get warts by touching a toad!).
Toads can handle dry conditions better than
frogs. And while frogs leap away to escape danger, toads are protected
by their camouflage colors and by skin secretions called bufotoxins.
These secretions are stored in the toad's parotid glands, which look
like swollen bumps on their heads. If caught, a toad will likely puff
itself up with air, urinate, and secrete these bufotoxins in an effort
to get dropped. Neither the toxin
nor the urine is harmful to humans (unless ingested).
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