Dictionary of Terms
One of the orders
of amphibians characterized by the absence of a tail, as the frogs and
Aquatic: relating to creatures that live in water.
Bufo: A genus of Amphibia including various species of toads.
A group of closely related animals or plants, composed of one or more species
Definition: of or denoting an animal, such as a tunicate, lancelet, or vertebrate, that at some stage of development has gill slits, a dorsal nerve cord, and a notochord.
klo e kE
:A long narrow hollow space cut into a surface.
Hibernate: pronounced hai
to remain dormant over the winter in a den or burrow so as to conserve
energy, as bears and other animalsto remain dormant over the winter in a
den or burrow so as to conserve energy, as bears and other animals
2. to be inactive or in seclusion.
lar va 1. A newly hatched, wingless insect,
often in the form of a worm, before it undergoes metamorphosis into its
Poisonous: Pronounced poy zE nEs
ri jeh nE
Salamander: pronounced sae
lE maen dEr
any of a variety of small amphibians that have a long tail and moist scaleless skin, and that look like lizards
A fundamental category of taxonomic classification, ranking below a genus or subgenus and consisting of related organisms capable of interbreeding. See table at taxonomy.
Characterized by moderate temperatures and relatively mild weather.
pronounced vuhr tE bret
a backbone. 2. a
member of the large group of animals that have a backbone or spinal
column, including mammals, birds, amphibians, reptiles, and fishes.
Vertebrata: 1. One of the grand divisions of the animal kingdom, comprising all animals that have a backbone composed of bony or cartilaginous vertebrae, together with Amphioxus in which the backbone is represented by a simple undivided notochord. The Vertebrata always have a dorsal, or neural, cavity above the notochord or backbone, and a ventral, or visceral, cavity below it. The subdivisions or classes of Vertebrata are Mammalia, Aves, Reptilia, Amphibia, Pisces, Marsipobranchia, and Leptocardia.