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What does this page offer?

  • Read about the basic facts on amphibians
  • Access some of the free short courses on amphibians
  • Join OZT as a member to learn even more about how to work with amphibians while meeting people from around the world!

You have chosen a career to follow and prepare for; now it’s time to learn more about the species you will work with.

  • Read about the basic facts on amphibians
  • Join the Amphibians Group to learn how to work with them and meet people from around the world
  • Access all of the free short courses on amphibians
  • Connect with tertiary institutions and organisations that work with amphibians

Basic Facts on Amphibians

A cold-blooded Vertebrate animal distinguished by having an Aquatic gill-breathing larval stage followed (typically) by a Terrestrial lung-breathing adult stage.

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Scientific name:

The word “amphibian” is derived from the Greek term amphíbios, which means “both kinds of life”.

Common use names:

There is no additional gender-specific name for a male or female amphibian.

A group of frogs is called a colony or an army. A group of toads is called a knot. A group of newts is called an armada. A group of salamanders is called a herd or congress.

The word “amphibian” in other languages:

  • Dutch: amfibie
  • French: amphibie
  • Spanish: anfibia (feminine) or anfibio (masculine)
  • Turkish: amfibi

Awesome fact:

Amphibians can breathe and drink with their skin, so they’ve evolved resistance to numerous bacteria and other hazards within their Environment.

Amphibian Stats

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Average Length

7.7 mm to 1.8 m (0.3 in to 5 ft 11 in)

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Average Weight

0.4 g to 45 kg (0.01 oz and 100 lb)


Average Lifespan

2 to 20 years


Average Offspring

up to 35,000 eggs


Running Speed

10 km/h (16 mph)

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Main Diet

Depending on species: Carnivorous, Herbivorous or Omnivorous

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Distribution and Habitat

Most countries - watery areas, savannas, forests

Global Population

Estimated Global Population

500 billion +

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Conservation Status

From Least Concern to Critically Endangered

The scientific classification of amphibians

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Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Chordata

Class: Amphibia

Order: 3

Family: 75

Genus: 450

Species: 8,689

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Free Short Courses on Amphibians

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Join one of the 3 Amphibian Groups

Join any or all of the specialized Amphibian Groups tp participate in the discussions on the species and how to work with them!

Learn even more about Amphibians by joining one of the three GROUPS, depending on the kind of amphibian you want to work with.

  • Caecilian
  • Frogs and Toads
  • Salamanders and Newts​

Members of the Groups can access all the different Short Courses, win awards and meet other amphibian lovers from around the world. Gain experience points with each short course and compete for the top spot on the leader board!

Topics covered in the AMPHIBIAN GROUPS:

  • General amphibian knowledge (Anatomy, Habitat, Behaviour, Diet, Ecological Benefits & Conservation)
  • Creative (Including education, art, design, publishing, media, news and photography)
  • ​Species (courses on over 100 different species)

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Career profiles and resources

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Contributions by expert members are always appreciated to allow the students to learn about the species they will work with. Please add your contribution through the attached form:

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List of Species Mentors/Educators who have contributed to the info:


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