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About Amphibians

Amphibians are often confused with reptiles. But they are a distinct and separate group of animals separated into three groups: salamanders and newts, frogs and toads, and caecilians.

Amphibians are considered cold blooded, which means they can’t regulate their own body temperature like birds and mammals. So, if it’s 85°F where the amphibian is, then that amphibian will have a body temperature of 85° as well.

Amphibians lay eggs in water where when they hatch they have gills like fish and get their oxygen from the water. As they grow most amphibians develop lungs and legs to live on land.

Unlike reptiles, amphibians have smooth moist skin and many use this skin to aid in their breathing. Because of this many amphibians are susceptible to environmental changes and frequent handling.

Taking care of amphibians requires special veterinary training. Avian & Exotic Animal Veterinary Services is one of a handful of animal hospitals with a specialization in amphibian care.

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