Monday, 23 June 2008

Froglets a plenty

The tadpoles are losing their tails and venturing onto land. There were at least 20 small froglets bounding about under the alchemilla at the side of the pond. When I accidentally disturbed them, they all bounded off in the same direction. They seemed to behave in unison - showing a herd instinct. I have not observed this behaviour before in frogs, but then I only usually see individual froglets. This year the broods have been enormous.
Some of the little creatures still have vestiges of their tadpole tails. These will be absorbed soon, making them all look like miniature frogs. If the survival rate is as good this year as it was last year, the local frog population is in for a boom period. Lots of them may survive, as the warm and moist weather is providing ideal conditions for the expansion of their prey animal populations.

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