Trials of a Tadpole

Trials of a Tadpole

Here in the South American rainforest you’re watching what should be a joyous event, the laying of hundreds of eggs by a mother frog. In truth, only a very few of these eggs will blossom into full frogdom. Draught will take a toll and predators will menace these babies at every step of their development. Some clever moms lay their eggs in trees, foiling the predators below.
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Take a look at some super close up micro-camera footage of a frog taking a journey from egg to tadpole. Here, captured on film, is the miracle of life. When the tadpoles outgrow the birth chamber they have to find another source of water fast. Of course mom took care of everything, she laid her eggs above a jungle pool. Suddenly, they’re no longer big tadpoles in a self-contained micro-pod. Now they’re tiny tadpoles in a huge body of water, where their bodies and legs develop quickly. Predators lurk everywhere. Like this water bug for instance. It’s a simple deadly transaction. It shoots its venom in then sucks the life out.
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The survivors like this one will soon lose their tadpole tails and be able to scramble up on land. But they’ll continue to live in the water where they first high-dived into the world and began their astonishing adventure.