Frogs Are Coming

Common Frog (Rana temporaria) – This is an early stage tadpole, and I appear to have zillions of these teeming in my small garden pond at the moment. Note the branch-like appendages either side of the head … these are external gills, which as the tadpole develops will become wrapped in a pocket of skin to become internal. Amazing to think that this little fellow, if all goes well, will become a frog! Double-click for a closer peek.

Common Frog Rana temporaria early stage tadpole

Copyright: Peter Hillman
Camera used: Nikon D7200
Date taken: 16th March 2020
Place: Rear garden, Staffordshire

18 thoughts on “Frogs Are Coming

  1. It reminds me of school excursions to ponds when we would catch pollywogs at different developmental stages as they had different size tails and were developing legs. You should hear some nice choruses soon.

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  2. I can’t wait for the frogs, I love them. I have the peepers on my place. That is the best singing ever, I love sitting out on my porch in the evenings listening to them. And when you can leave the windows open to hear them into the night.

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    1. The peepers sound wonderful, Sandra! Frogs have been croaking out in the back garden around the pond recently. It is always lovely to hear their voices come sailing up to the open window when lying in bed at night.

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  3. I remember watching these when I was a kid. Our backyard pond and brook was full of them. I’ve never seen one this close up though! We called them pollywogs.

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    1. I learned a new word today ‘pollywogs’. 🙂 The pond is alive with them at the moment, but I know that is nature compensating for the coming losses.

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