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Frog Tadpole

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Adult frogs gather in the wetlands in the spring. They mate and the females lay the frog spawn in shallow pools of water. The tadpoles hatch out of the eggs and gradually develop legs. They then lose their tail, as they become miniature versions of adult frogs. By September, most of the tadpoles which have escaped being eaten, will have matured into small froglets.

Young tadpoles are herbivores, eating small plants in the water. As they mature, they will gradually become carnivorous, like the adults.