Study of Tadpoles – Frogs Haibun


Study of Tadpoles – Frogs Haibun

Photo CreditLarva of the common frog Rana temporaria a day before metamorphosis 

Reproduction of frogs differ, that means
all breeds of frogs are not the same
when breeding, some mount the females,
others fertilization take place in the water.
the female release the eggs
and the male covers them with sperm.
then others give birth to fully
developed juvenile frogs, then again
there are others giving birth to tadpoles

In the majority of species after fertilization
the larvae emerge from the eggs
a tadpole is born with its flattened tail
soon legs start to appear
in the end, a tadpole undergoes metamorphosis
This stage lasts only twenty-four hours
which its body transition into the adult form
final stage the disappearance of the tail.


Photo Credit – tadpoles feed mostly on algae, would they survive here?. It a good pond for frogs to hide below the algae when threaten.

then metamorphosis stage
a small frog is born


  1. Amazing! When I was a child at my grandmother’s home I watched the tadpoles and catfish swimming, it was hypnotic

    I never realized not ALL frogs were born differently or conceived too! I pictured a frog showering his mate’s eggs with his sperm

    The maiden
    lays her gift at the ready
    prince showers proudly


    • Yes, I was amazed when researching about frogs and found out that all frog were not the same in producing offspring.
      I now look at a frog in a different way. Thanks for commenting.

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  2. This is news to me too, Elsie. I thought all frogs started life as tadpoles! Little frogs fully formed at birth must be such a pretty sight..
    Hope the weekend goes well for you, Elsie.. 🙂

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