“As the embryos in the egg strands elongate they move more vigorously till on the second or third day they wriggle out of the jelly string. This is the hatching and they are now free in the water and can swim about. Initially they hang themselves up on the old egg string by means of a peculiar v-shaped organ on their heads.” ~ S.H. Gage, Life History of the Toad, Cornell Nature Study Leaflet, 1904
Have you ever seen a tiny “seedling” sized tadpole?
“At first the little tadpoles remain under water all the time and breathe the air dissolved in the water, just as a fish does. As they grow larger and larger, they rush up to the surface once in awhile and then dive down again, as if their lives depended on it. The older they grow the oftener they come to the surface. This is the tadpole getting ready to breathe the free air above the water when it turns into a toad and lives on the land.” ~ S.H. Gage, Life History of the Toad, Cornell Nature Study Leaflet, 1904
Watch a video of this tadpole in action HERE on PINTEREST.
~ ~ ~ BOOK LOOK ~ ~ ~
The Adventures of Old Mr. Toad (Annotated):
A P.L.A.Y. Nature Activity Story Book
by Karen L. Willard
Join Peter Rabbit and friends on adventures discovering all about Old Mr. Toad and his days spent in and out of the water!