Thursday, July 02, 2009

A Red-Tailed Larva



Have you ever tried to identify what species of tadpole you have just captured? Ryan Schroeder caught this gray treefrog tadpole at Lou Campbell State Nature Preserve last Friday and I snapped a quick picture. The diagnostic feature? Its rich red tail.

Tom

5 comments:

  1. I haven't seen tadpoles in many years. Used to see them in ditches and small ponds but in those days I wandered around a lot. Even went fishing. I didn't know or wasn't aware of any difference in tadpoles so this was a lesson for me.

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  2. Abe- Fishing with the tadpoles? I've never thought of that. How'd they work out? The Peterson Field Guide to Reptiles and Amphibians, if I'm remembering correctly, has a guide to tadpoles. They're pretty darn interesting to.

    Tom

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  3. Very pretty! I've never looked that closely.

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  4. the red larva is mixed with the colour of the soil
    justice

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