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Wonderful Wacky Water Critters

Tadpole

Tadpole

Baby frogs or toads are called tadpoles. Many different kinds are found in Wisconsin. Some turn into adults in 2 weeks, while others take 2 to 3 years. If you find a large tadpole in the pond it is probably a young green frog. Small black tadpoles found swimming in large groups could be called "toadpoles," as they'll turn into toads. Only the bullfrog tadpole is found in rivers; other tadpoles are not strong enough swimmers to survive the river currents. A tadpole eats only plants, especially algae, while a frog eats insects and small animals, even tadpoles. Learn how to identify Wisconsin's frogs and toads or Join the Frog Chorus.

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