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American Toadlet

American toads mated and laid their eggs in ponds about a month ago.  Those eggs hatched and now the tadpoles are beginning to transform into tiny toadlets. For several days after developing legs and lungs they can be found in clusters on the shore of the pond from which they emerged. Gradually they disperse to the surrounding land.  No bigger than your smallest fingernail, they look like miniature adults, warts and all.

4 responses

  1. You are amazing. I love the way you illustrate this little guys size. My children want to run to a pond right now and try to find a toadlet or two.
    Ann

    July 2, 2011 at 12:22 pm

  2. Love this photo of the toadlet on the penny to show its size.

    July 2, 2011 at 2:26 pm

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  4. Carrie

    Thank you! I’ve been wondering what these tiny little guys are in our woods!

    July 24, 2016 at 10:29 pm

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