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How Toads Breathe

Like all amphibians, toads breathe through their skin as well as with their lungs. When a toad is inactive the skin usually absorbs enough oxygen to meet its needs. During and after activity a toad often supplements its supply of oxygen by actively breathing air into its lungs. Unlike mammals, amphibians do not make regular and rhythmic breathing movements but bring air into their lungs spasmodically as the need arises. Air enters the toad’s mouth through its nostrils, and by raising the floor of its mouth, the toad forces the air into its lungs. (Photo is of an American Toad.)

5 responses

  1. Jane M Lane

    The magnificent picture of a toad taught me so much.

    June 25, 2012 at 2:37 pm

    • Bobby boson

      mate grow up

      October 10, 2016 at 2:28 am

  2. Kathie Fiveash

    I always thought that only amphibians with wet skin could absorb oxygen through their skin. I learn so much from you, Mary. Thanks.

    June 25, 2012 at 3:03 pm

  3. Aimee Jones

    This was a great help for me as i am doing a science project during school, thanks Mary!

    December 4, 2017 at 1:31 pm

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