Tadpoles are the larval stage of frogs and toads. They typically live in water and have gills for respiration. Tadpoles transform into frogs or toads through a process of metamorphosis. This transformation usually takes place over a period of several weeks to several months depending on the species of frog or toad.
Some tadpoles metamorphose quickly transforming into frogs or toads in as little as two weeks. Others such as the African bullfrog can stay in the larval stage for up to two years.
Tadpoles generally transform into frogs or toads when they reach a certain size or age. However some species of tadpole can transform into frogs or toads in response to environmental conditions such as a lack of food.
Once tadpoles transform into frogs or toads they leave the water and live on land. They breathe air through their lungs and no longer have gills. Frogs and toads typically live for several years although some species can live for much longer. For example the oldest recorded captive frog lived to be over 40 years old.
How long does it take for a frog to develop from an egg to a tadpole?
It takes about two weeks.
How long does it take for a tadpole to develop into a frog?
It takes about two months.
How long do frogs stay as tadpoles?
They stay as tadpoles for about two months.
What do tadpoles eat?
They eat microscopic plants and animals.
How do tadpoles breathe?
They breathe through gills.
When do frogs start to eat insects?
They start to eat insects when they are about two months old.
What is the biggest difference between tadpoles and frogs?
The biggest difference is that tadpoles have tails and frogs do not.
Do all tadpoles turn into frogs?
No some of them die before they turn into frogs.
What can happen to tadpoles if the water they are in dries up?
They will die.
Do tadpoles have teeth?
No they do not have teeth.
What is the natural predators of tadpoles?
The natural predators of tadpoles are fish snakes and birds.
What do frogs eat?
They eat insects spiders and small mammals.
How long do frogs live?
They live for about 10 to 12 years.
What is the natural predators of frogs?
The natural predators of frogs are fish snakes birds and sometimes mammals.
What can happen to frogs if they are in a place that is too cold?
They will die.