After watching a tadpole slowly, delicately, elegantly, grow out a pair of perfectly symmetrical legs, you might think you have a handle on how tadpole growth works. You might then expect the emergence of two little arm buds, one on each side, that slowly grow into longer arms.
Tadpoles have another trick up their sleeve!
Instead, the way tadpole arms grow is that they develop inside the tadpole's skin. They develop into full arms - including a few fingers - safely within that skin layer. That way they don't get damaged as the tadpole swims around and crashes into things. When the arm is ready, it emerges, elbow-first, through an opening in the skin. One hour you're looking at your tadpole pet and it has no arms at all. You come back and hour later and - POOF - it has an arm!
But just one.
This is the way it goes in the tadpole world. They take this one step at a time. First you get one arm. Then the tadpole needs a little time. It might be an hour later - a day - or even a week. But eventually that second arm will emerge, and your tadpole will have two full arms! Complete with little fingers! It might just have three fingers at this point, and still need to develop a fourth.
Once your tadpole has all its arms and legs, it's at one of the most important stages - the change over into a little froglet.
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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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