Can frogs swim?
Can frogs swim Frogs are often associated with water and some people believe that this is because they can swim – but is that really the case? Let’s take a look.
Frogs and Water
Most frogs have thin, moist skin and can live in an aquatic environment, so they are often seen near water sources. These amphibians are adapted to be able to hunt and breed in these wet habitats, but they don’t necessarily spend all of their time swimming in the water.
Do Frogs Swim?
The short answer to this question is ‘yes’. Frogs are capable of propelling themselves through the water by kicking their hind legs and can even dive to escape predators. However, they are not particularly good swimmers and may only stay in the water for short periods of time.
What About Frogs That Don’t Live in Water?
Many species of frogs do not live in or around water, such as the desert-dwelling Australian water-holding frog. These animals are not considered to be capable of swimming, but they are capable of ‘jumping’ which allows them to move from one place to another.
So, to answer the question – yes, frogs are capable of swimming, although some species do not spend much time in the water and are more adapted to jumping instead.
If you want to observe a frog swimming, look for frogs near water sources and you may be lucky enough to see them in action!