Home > Animals > Interesting Facts > Make sure you retract your eyes 30 times before swallowing!


Make sure you retract your eyes 30 times before swallowing!


By: staff   Date: 04/5/2018


It has long been known that Frogs retract their eyes and close them while eating, leading scientists to suspect that frogs use their eyes to help them swallow. This suspicion was finally confirmed in 2004, when the northern leopard frog was observed by scientists retracting its eyes while swallowing crickets, actually using them to help push the food toward its esophagus!


Related Amphibians

(Agalychnis callidryas)

(Anaxyrus americanus)

(Hyla gratiosa)

(Litoria caerulea)

Other Amphibians Facts
An Ample Amphibian

Before reptiles and mammals appeared to challenge amphibian supremacy on the land, amphibians were much larger. But while…
Learn more >>

Caecilians: The Limbless Enigma

Caecilians are amphibians with long, limbless bodies that resemble worms or snakes more than frogs or salamanders. Their…
Learn more >>

Only a Mother’s Love…

We are taught that toads leave their fertilized eggs in the water in long strings, which hatch into tadpoles, who live…
Learn more >>

Swiss Army Skin

Amphibian skin is not covered in hair, feathers, or scales. It is thin and permeable, which allows them to actually breathe…
Learn more >>

Interesting Animal Facts

Learning about animals, you can discover many fascinating, even beautiful facts, but there are also things that can give…


Horned lizards utilize a few tried-and-true ways of avoiding predators: like many other animals, they blend in with their…


There may be times when you are so tired you feel as if you could sleep for several days - but of course that is not possible…


The slow worm has a long body, lacks limbs, and is covered in lustrous scales - so is it a snake? No, it is a lizard!…


When we talk about fast animals, the one that immediately comes to mind for most people is the cheetah, who can reach…


Many people associate playing dead with the opossum - that’s where the term “playing opossum” comes from, after…


NAIA - National Animal Interest Alliance Discover Animals is a web-based educational resource offered by the NAIA
To learn more about the NAIA or about other NAIA programs, visit us at www.NAIAOnline.org
if you would like to help, join or support the NAIA or any of its programs please click here >>