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Toadlets Dispersing

7-17-13 toadlet 021The American Toad tadpoles that hatch in May and June begin to transform into toadlets after about three weeks. Metamorphosis is a complex series of changes both external and internal. Lungs are formed, gills are absorbed, the digestive system changes from a primarily vegetarian one to a carnivorous one, legs appear and the tail is absorbed. When these changes have taken place, the toadlets leave the water but tend to linger near the pond for days or weeks. Eventually they disperse, and by July you start finding small toads in the woods and around your lawn and gardens.

4 responses

  1. Carol Joan Edelstein

    Makes me almost believe in God.

    July 17, 2013 at 1:09 pm

  2. judilindsey@comcast.net

    Mary,

     I just love your daily blog!!

    Thanks, Judi

    July 17, 2013 at 8:58 pm

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