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Young Spring Peepers Now The Size Of Your Baby Fingernail

8-28-13  spring peeper & Jap. beetle 066It takes roughly two months for Spring Peeper tadpoles to metamorphose into adults, and unlike other frogs, they don’t complete this process in the water. Young Spring Peepers leave their ponds at an earlier stage of development than most frogs – they have four legs and lungs when they come out of the water, but most of them also still have a tail which is absorbed shortly after they become land dwellers. Adult Spring Peepers measure roughly ¾” (males) to 1 ½” (females) in length. As you can see in this photograph, this fully metamorphosed young Spring Peeper is hardly bigger than a Japanese Beetle, and it has completely lost its tail, so it was even smaller when it hopped out of the water!

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2 responses

  1. Gardening-Guy's Blog

    Hi Mary, Wow! Fascinating. Now what is that frog going to do next? He can’t eat that beetle, can he?

    Henry

    August 29, 2013 at 3:33 pm

    • Hi Henry.
      I think he’s not quite up to that big a mouthful yet, but perhaps one day…?

      August 29, 2013 at 7:04 pm

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