Amphibian Vocabulary

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Ectotherm
body temperature changes with surroundings or environment
Caecilian
legless amphibian, looks like a segmented work with glossy skin and eyes
Amphibia
Means "double life"; 2 habitats (water and land) and life stages
Metamorphosis
change in form (frogs are first tadpoles)
vocal cords
sound producing bands of tissue in throat; males use as mating call
tadpole
gilled larvae of a frog or toad
cloaca
muscular cavity at end of intestine that stores wastes until expelled
nictitating memrane
transparent eyelid (inside regular); keeps eye moist
Caudata (or Urodela)
salamander, newt
Apoda
Prefix "a" - means "not"
"poda" means "those having legs"

amphibian without legs; caecilians
Anura
frogs and toads
double-loop circulation
blood carried from heart to lungs AND back; oxygen-rich blood from lungs
tympanic membrane (tympanum)
ear drum; skin behind eye used for hearing
Estivation
burrow to avid hot and dry

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