The froglet stage of a tadpole's life is one of the most fascinating. This stage begins with the froglet finally having achieved four limbs - two arms, two legs. The froglet has only a tiny mouth and can only eat veggies. Somehow this little froglet has to develop into a creature that can catch, eat, and digest large bugs. This is a fairly substantial change!
The stomach of the froglet has to go through quite a spectacular change in order to move from digesting only veggies to being able to digest bugs. This takes a while to convert. When a shirt goes in to get a rip fixed, it's not used by the owner until the fix is done. So, in the same way, when a tadpole's stomach is going through this big change, it can't be used. So how can a tadpole get the nutrition and energy it needs during this time?
It does a pretty amazing trick.
The tadpole had stored up plenty of energy in its tail - and now is the perfect time to use it. Just like a dieting person with a large stomach ends up with a smaller stomach when they finish dieting, a tadpole starts out with a large tail. During this conversion time, their tail gets smaller and smaller. By the time the tadpole has a fully functional stomach that can digest bugs, their tail is now gone!
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This step by step manual helps ensure that your little tadpoles grow up to be happy, healthy frogs. From choosing the tank to designing the menu, from checking the pH to adjusting the temperature, I'll ensure your cute, tiny balls of energy grow up into a joyful friend.
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