How long can frogs hold their breath underwater?


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The length of a frog's ability to hold its breath varies by species. Most frogs are able to spend a prolonged period of time underwater by breathing through their skin.

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How long can frogs hold their breath underwater?
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Tadpoles have gills that allow them to breathe underwater indefinitely. These gills are lost when the tadpole completes its metamorphosis into a frog.

Frogs have the ability to breathe through their skin using a process called cutaneous gas exchange, or cutaneous respiration, which allows them to spend lengthy periods of time underwater without returning to the surface for air. This is a frog's primary form of respiration. Frogs are also able to breathe through their lungs, allowing an alternative to cutaneous respiration if necessary.

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