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post #6 of (permalink) Old 05-21-2009, 01:21 AM
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Frogs generally aren't silly. They know full well where they lay their eggs. Some species can develop from egg to tadpole to frog in a matter of days. In some cases, the drying up of a source of water is actually a catalyst to encourage the metamorphosis process. There's some research to support that some frogs actually change their life cycle with the dryer seasons, developing faster, and during particularly wet years, they remain tadpoles much longer. If they're small and black, they may even be toad tadpoles... toadpoles? Of course, a good drought will always be harmful to an amphibian population that requires a water source to reproduce... but I just wanted to point out that what we sometimes see as 'rescuing' an animal in the wild isn't alway necessarily so.

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