Froglets

A froglet is a tiny frog that has recently developed from a tadpole.

This is the time of year when the tadpoles of the common frog have just about completed their transformation, or metamorphosis, into four legged froglets, fully able to move on land.

It takes about three weeks for tadpoles to emerge from the frog spawn, and a further 12 weeks before they become mature froglets (6 - 8 weeks for toadlets).

The young frog will now feed on small insects, caught with their long, sticky tongues. It will eventually move away from the pond and find a safe place to grow.

Stewart Parsons