The Baby Frog Grows - The Life Cycle
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The Mommy Frog lays her eggs. We found lots of frog eggs in our garden pond. An average of 4000 eggs are laid by one Mom.
After about 10 days the eggs hatch and the lil' pollywogs (aka tadpoles)... with little tails start to swim around. The Pollywog's begin to look for food. They swim like a fish, they even have gills to use for breathing. They feel like jello... or jelly.
The Pollywog's continue to grow... their tail helps him to swim through the water. We see them as they come to the surface of the water for air and food. Their color changes and they begin to take the look of an adult frog.
We don't see as many pollywogs in the pond as we first did... some have not survived, either because they were not strong enough to find food... or they became dinner to the birds that would sit and wait for them to come to the surface for air. The birds would swoop down and catch the pollywogs.
The back legs start to form (this took about 8 weeks), and you can see the start of the front legs beginning to grow (it took about 11 weeks for the front legs to grow). The tail begins to get shorter... and shorter... and shorter...
...then viola... like magic... we have a baby frog! This lil' guy is less than an inch long! He came from the garden pond to my computer room's window.