Its a Frogs Life
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Except were credited all the images on this web site were taken in the same suburban
garden in the North West of England.
Fogs will be seen gathering in ponds between January and March each year where they
In about their fifth spring Frogs will go back to the water to breed.
The males grow horny pads on their front feet to help them grip the females.
The male will grip the female from the back and swim together for a number of days
when the female will lay between 1,000 and 3,000
eggs which the male will fertilize.
The eggs are massed together in shallow, still water, the jelly around the eggs swells
to about 6 mm in diameter.
The eggs quickly develop and produce Tadpoles after 2 or 3 weeks, with tail and external
The external gills are absorbed after about 4 weeks.
At 7 weeks hind legs appear.
The front legs develop in side the skin.
At 12 weeks the tale is absorbed, the front legs appear and the lungs are used.
The development of the tadpoles will depend on temperature and availability of food.
Quote;Sometimes Tadpoles will hibernate over winter. Ref; Plants and Animals by Jan
Tomam and Jir? Felix, Octopus books 1974.