Okay, so, for the past few weeks I've been watching an old water trough that's full of tadpoles.
Fun, I thought, I wonder what kind of frog, or maybe toad, these will grow into. I mean, every elementary kid knows tadpoles swim, then grow legs, lose their tails, and hop out into the world.
But the more I watch, the more questions I have.
Let's start at the beginning.
July 2, 2021
The video above shows them swimming around, living their best tadpole lives.
Below are some close ups of their sweet little faces (and kind of weird lips!).
The tadpoles we all know and love. Great, awesome, no one has any limbs yet, that's fine.
July 28, 2021
Today I get there and oh my stars how they have changed. Some have legs, some have arms, some are clinging to the side of the trough out in the air.
My initial thought was, wow, one trough holding so many different types of frogs, the green one out of the water, the brown one with arms, the larger legs only ones...
and then I looked closer.
And now I have questions...
For now, Happy Swimming!
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Emily is an Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist who is most often found out in the woods.