Phenomena

Singing Toads

Many male frog and toad species sing during warmer months to attract mates. Some, like the American toad in the photo above, can be heard for an impressive distance. Here’s a video of an American toad in action. To sing, these amphibians close their mouth and nostrils, then force air from their lungs past their larynx and into a vocal sac. As with human sound-making, forcing air past the frog’s larynx vibrates its vocal cords and generates noise. That noise resonates in the vocal sac, amplifying the sound and driving the ripples seen in the photo.  (Image credit: D. Kaneski; submitted by romannumeralfive)

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