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Life Cycle of a Frog

Frogs are amphibians that live in or around water and are famous for their ability to jump long distances and use their sticky tongues to catch flies. Because of the strange life cycle of a frog you have probably seen a frog or a toad near ponds and lakes, or perhaps heard them ribbit-ing to each other on an autumn night. You may also have wondered why you never see any baby frogs. The truth is, they aren't hiding, they just look nothing like their parents!

Frogs are different from humans in a lot of ways, but perhaps the most striking is how they reproduce and grow up. When we're born, we may be a little small and funny-looking, but we essentially look like smaller versions of our mother and father. Frogs, however, go through several phases of development. They start life hatching out of an egg, then live like a fish for several months before being able to breathe air, grow legs and live on the land! Can you imagine growing up with no arms or legs and living in a bath tub?

Life Cycle of a Frog in Four Life Stages

  • Frog eggs are produced when a mother frog lays eggs and a father frog fertilizes the frog eggs. The baby frogs grow inside the eggs until they hatch.
  • Tadpoles are newly-hatched frogs that have no arms or legs, live underwater and breathe through gills like a fish. Eventually, the tadpoles start to grow legs and arms and begin to breathe air.
  • Froglets look like small frogs with tails and learn to hunt and live on land.
  • Adult frogs are fully grown and able to reproduce to begin the whole life cycle over again.

If you have recently acquired some frog eggs or tadpoles, you will need to be familiar with all four of these life stages in order to care for your new pets properly. Tadpoles change their diets every week depending on what their stage of development is, so knowing when to begin including bugs in their food is very important.

No matter what your reason for wanting to learn more about these fascinating creatures, the following pages will explain each life stage in detail, including how the frogs grow, what they eat and what dangers they may face in the wild. Keep reading to find out everything you need to know about the life cycle of a frog!