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American Bullfrog (tadpole)

Rana catesbeiana


Approximately 4-6", brownish-green upper body, white/tan on underbody. Speckled. Long tail with rounded front body/head.




This tadpole is partway between tadpole and frog. It has begun to breath air and came to the surface quite often for a gulp of air. It is still more tadpole than frog; no legs have begun to show.

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ElaineWebb 10 years ago

Thanks, AlexRowe! The shot was one of those lucky photographic gifts :)

AlexRowe 10 years ago

Great capture in the breath shot! Nice series!

ElaineWebb 10 years ago

(I'm way behind in responding to comments.) Thank you, LisaPowers, Gerardo Aizpuru, VictoriaShirleyPhotography and AshelyT! He certainly does look like a pufferfish or opera singer, doesn't he! I got a real lucky shot as he broke the surface of the water for a gulp of air.

LisaPowers 10 years ago

Nice series!

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 10 years ago

Nice series! i agree looks like a pufferfish on the first shot :)

is he singing opera? So cute!

AshleyT 10 years ago

Looks like a pufferfish in the first photo haha. Nice series!

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Connecticut, USA

Spotted on May 14, 2011
Submitted on Nov 27, 2012

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