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What Does Frog Poop Look Like? Digestive Process Explained

Lindsey Lawson

By Lindsey Lawson

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Frogs may be very common across the globe, but for the average person, there is still a lot of knowledge to be gained regarding these interesting creatures. We all know they are best known for their unique looks and incredible jumping skills but there are other, less-explored topics about these adorable amphibians.

Many are left wondering what frog poop actually looks like. After all, in most cases they are being observed in the wild, and you never know what scat belongs to which animal. While a frog’s poop can vary depending on several factors, it is often brown and cylindrical in shape.

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Do Frogs Poop?

A frog’s digestive system works similarly to other animals and their system goes through the same digestive processes. They prey upon insects and other invertebrates and catch them using their sticky tongues. Once they’ve consumed their prey, it passes through their systems and is eventually expelled in the form of feces.

Regular defecation is an important part of their overall health, as it is how their body eliminates metabolic waste. Just like birds, reptiles, sharks, and other amphibians, frogs excrete food through their cloaca, the cavity that is connected to the digestive, urinary, and reproductive systems.  Both solid and liquid forms of waste are expelled through the cloaca.

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What Does Frog Poop Look Like?

Frog poop can be quite large in comparison to their bodies, being up to 25 percent of their overall size. This is largely because frogs are opportunistic eaters with sizeable stomachs, and they often eat more than necessary for their body size, resulting in a lot of waste.

While their poop is most often cylindrical and brown, the color, size, and texture can vary depending on the species, what they’ve eaten, and if they have any form of illness, infection, or parasites. Fresh poop will have a damp appearance and may be found as one singular piece or multiple smaller pieces. Once the poop dries, it will lose its slick, shiny appearance.

Color changes can occur and are often due to a change in prey items. Consistency and color can also be affected by hydration. Those with pet frogs are encouraged to reach out to their veterinarian if they ever have any questions regarding changes in their frog’s bowel habits.

Macro picture of dropping poop from a common toad
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How Often Do Frogs Poop?

Adult frogs will typically poop once every 2 to 3 days, but the frequency can depend on their dietary habits and their individual digestive process. Younger frogs will often consume larger amounts of food more quickly than adults, meaning they may defecate daily.

Older frogs will typically consume larger meals less frequently, causing them to defecate less often. Overall, their appetite and how much food they are consuming will determine how often they poop. As a general rule, the more prey they consume, the more frequently they poop.

Does Frog Poop Stink?

Like with any other poop, a frog’s poop also has an unpleasant odor. Many compare the smell of frog poop to a less pungent version of dog poop, only because of the significant size difference. A frog’s poop can be quite smelly, which is completely normal.

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Frog poop is often brown in color and cylindrical. Frogs often have large poops because they have large stomachs and typically consume a lot of food. It can be found in one single piece or broken into smaller pieces. They defecate through their cloaca, which is the opening connected to the digestive tract, urinary tract, and reproductive system. The texture and color of a frog’s poop can vary depending on both dietary and environmental factors.

Featured Image Credit: Kristian Thorjussen, Shutterstock

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