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Toadally Toads

 

2 tadpoles                          3 tadpoles 

2 weeks later 

            our tadpole

 

These tadpoles were found in Mrs. Roush’s friend’s pool cover. She is almost sure that they are toad tadpoles.

We have them in a container in our classroom.

                                                             

toad eggs

Reproduction and Care of Young    toadeggs.jpg 
Eastern American toad males mate with more than one female. In Ohio, breeding activity reaches its peak in April and May. Eggs, resembling long spiral tubes of jelly, are laid in water. After 3 to 12 days, a small nearly black tadpole emerges from the egg. Immature Eastern American toads then go through a process known as metamorphosis, where over a period of 50 to 60 days the body transforms in shape and matures, resulting in a change from a limbless, waterborne tadpole to a four-legged animal capable of living on both land and water. From the time the eggs are laid, young toads are on their own; they receive no parental care from the male or female adults.

Habitat and Habits
The Eastern American toad requires both land and water habitats; it prefers shallow bodies of water, such as temporary pools, ditches, or shallow portions of streams, for breeding. On land it seeks hiding places under boardwalks, flat stones, logs, wood piles or other similar cover.

The Eastern American toad is nocturnal (active at night). It hibernates during the winter.

taken from:   http://www.dnr.ohio.gov/wildlife/Resources/amphibians/easternamtoad.htm

If you want to learn more about toads click on these links:

 

What are the differences between frogs and toads?

frog toad

 

Enchanted Learning: Toad Facts and Coloring Page

Toad_coloring page

 

Toad Photo Gallery  including Toad Eggs

 

 

Do you want to hear some toad sounds?

amtoad

 

Bufo americanus Information for adults and some more toad sounds

toad and leaves

 

Campaign to name the American Toad
as Ohio's state amphibian

toad eggs 

toad eggs 

toad eggsPennsylvania Toads

toad eggs

toad eggs