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• Sticky feet

Tree frogs like the white-lipped tree frog have amazing “technology” on the soles of their feet: plate-like pads that seem to stick to anything. No matter if it’s wet, smooth, raw or dry. Unlike geckos, they use a kind of slime to stick to things.

Tree Frog Tree Frog - Photo: Kurit afshen/Shutterstock

• Webbed Feet

Water frogs have webbed feet so that they can swim faster. When they spread out their toes, the surface area on their feet increases and their feet work like paddles.

Edible Frog Edible Frog - Photo: Luka Hercigonja/Shutterstock

• Digger Feet

Unlike other frogs and toads, the American spadefoot toad can live for a long time without water. To stop themselves from drying out in the midday sun, they bury themselves in the sand. Their feet almost look like claws.

Garlic Toad Garlic Toad - Photo: Valerii Iavtushenko/Shutterstock

• Parachute Feet

Flying frogs have webbed toes. They use them to sail through the air as they jump from tree to tree. Check out our fun fact video about amphibians.

Harlequin Tree Frog Harlequin Tree Frog - Photo: reptiles4all/Shutterstock

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