Do frogs swallow with their eyes

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do frogs swallow with their eyes

How Do Frogs Swallow With Their Eyes? by Melvin A. Berger

From basic questions like, Do amphibians have ears? to more involved ones such as What is an amphibians best defense?, this title provides answers for even the most inquisitive of young minds.

How do frogs swallow with their eyes?
Easily. When swallowing a big mouthful of food, a frog blinks its eyes. The blinking pushes the frogs huge eyeballs down on top of its mouth. This helps squeeze the food in its mouth into its throat. WHOOSH!-down goes its meal!

In this superb introduction to amphibians, children will uncover many facts about these cold-blooded creatures.
The Bergers discuss key curricular topics, like metamorphisis and molting, in an accessible manner and the vivid illustrations of Karen Carr make these animals jump right off of the page!
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Toad up super-close (and eating)

You may have noticed that frogs close their eyes when swallowing. But here's a twist: according to this study that has been making the rounds.
Melvin A. Berger

Frogs can’t swallow with their eyes open

Frogs are carnivorous, chowing down on other critters like insects, small mammals, birds, snakes or even other frogs. He has teeth in his upper jaw called maxillary teeth, used for keeping a grip on his meal while he gulps it down. Each time a frog swallows, his eyes close. The eyes depress down into the sockets to help move the food down his throat. He can close both eyes, or one at a time as needed to help force down food. His eyes don't do all the work. At the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Robert Levine tested how frogs use their eyes to help them eat.

Most anurans retract and close their eyes repeatedly during swallowing. Eye retraction may aid swallowing by helping to push food back toward the esophagus, but this hypothesis has never been tested. We used behavioral observations, cineradiography, electromyography and nerve transection experiments to evaluate the contribution of eye retraction to swallowing in the northern leopard frog, Rana pipiens. Behavioral observations of frogs feeding on 1. Eye retraction can occur bilaterally or unilaterally, and both swallowing movements and eye retraction can occur separately as well as together. During swallowing, cineradiography shows that the eyes and associated musculature retract well into the oropharynx and appear to make contact with the prey item.

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