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Set B5 - British Wild Life - card information

46. The Common Frog
(Rana temporaria)

46. The Common Frog

The frog is a well-known inhabitant of the British countryside, haunting damp meadows and marshy ground. It hibernates in winter but emerges at the first hint of spring, when it seeks water, chooses a mate and lays quantities of jelly-like spawn. From this mass of eggs there emerge numbers of small dark tadpoles. These swim about in the pond and grow rapidly. As they grow they undergo a transformation. Legs appear, the tail is absorbed and gills give place to lungs. The juvenile frog leaves the water for the waterside vegetation where it hunts insects and grubs.