Looking for a frog tea pot? Probably why you are visiting this page.
I have a nephew who is in love with and has a collection of stuffed animal frogs.
"Froggy" is his first and favorite. He goes everywhere with him including to tea. He had a place of honor sitting next to the cake stand.
So while shopping for a frog tea pot you might wonder about living frogs and their history.
Also called tailless amphibians, frogs and toads constitute over 3,500 frog species across the world. With the exception of Antarctica, they live on every continent.
As long as there is fresh water nearby they thrive. If they had their choice of territory, a moist, warm tropical climate would be the ideal spot for thriving.
They have adapted to the heat of the desert and the chill of high mountains.
Did you know that frogs are the only amphibians with a larynx? Since they are also the only amphibians that can hear, it is a safe method for them to call to their mate or warn other frogs away from their territory.
Their long legs provide the ability to jump long distances. In fact, jumping contests, made famous by articles such as Mark Twain’s The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County, still take place today.
A frog named Santjie holds record for longest frog jump – an amazing 33 feet, 5.5 inches at a South African frog derby. I bet "Froggy" could beat that!
Surviving the Ages
Frogs have been in existence for 190 million years and look much the same as when T-Rex was around.
The shape and flexibility are perfectly suited to their ability to live on land and in water. If food was limited in the pond, it was easy to swim to land and hop through the rushes looking for bugs.
If another creature on land was chasing it the frog could jump back into the water and escape.
Cold-blooded animals they have the ability to adjust their body temperatures and dig down into mud to escape the heat.
Types of Frogs
Just as you find more than one style of frog tea pot, you will encounter several varieties of frog in most areas.
The brightly colored Poison Dart Frogs may appear beautiful to humans because of the brilliance of their skin. Don't let it fool you though, it is a warning to predators about their toxic design, saving them from the fate of being someone else’s dinner.
At home in the desert the Australian water-holding frog can survive up to seven years without water. After burrowing underground for a cooler environment and safety from predators, it uses shed skin for a cocoon until the rains come.
The other extreme of weather north of the Arctic Circle is home to certain types of wood frogs. They put themselves into a frozen limbo state by using glucose in their blood to work as antifreeze.
It protects the organs from harm while the body turns into a solid frozen frog. The frog thaws out as the weather warms and revives quickly.
Legends Featuring Frogs
Although frogs have played the part of evil villains in myths, ancient Egypt used them to symbolize water, renewal, and fertility.
Egyptian women frequently wore amulets shaped like frogs to beseech the help of the midwife goddess Heqit, whose symbol was the frog.
Early Aztecs honored the toad as the earth mother goddess, Tlaltecuhti, who symbolized the circle of life and death.
Spin a happy story about your frog tea pot to entertain children
and visitors. After this research I can tell my nephew stories about his
favorite animal though I am sure he knows more than I do on the