Toads and Frogs, Living and Loving

I love toads and frogs.  The first week of May always finds me searching for eggs and tadpoles. 

Look at the mating toads surrounded by eggs.  The male is smaller than the female.  Sometimes they have a threesome.

Frogs seem more discrete in their mating behavior.  I have often heard their mating call; but have never seen them coupled.

Toad eggs are in long strings.  Frog eggs are in clumps, like grapes.  Look at the frog eggs below.  Don’t frogs just seem more organized?  Is nature organized?

I don’t know which species of frog I should attribute these eggs.  They may be the eggs of the Spring Peeper.  They may also be the eggs of the Bullfrog.

Bullfrog tadpoles are unique.  Instead of working to get out of the water fast, like toads, bullfrog tadpoles spend the first year of their life chillin’ in the water, and change into frogs their second summer.

Below is a bullfrog tadpole I caught along the water’s edge.  Maybe I will post some more photos throughout the summer as their legs lengthen and their tail shortens.  Would you like that?

3 Responses to Toads and Frogs, Living and Loving

  1. rsgrice says:

    Frog porn. Nice.

  2. Karen says:

    I know this post is almost a year old but I found this fascinating to see and wanted you to know that someone “out here” appreciated you posting it. 🙂

  3. curiousfarmer says:

    Thanks, Karen! I do appreciate it. This is a beautiful thing about a blog, I did this a year ago, but you enjoy it today.

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