This is a bullfrog tadpole that has started to grow its legs. Isn't it a horrible little monster but pretty neat at the same time? It takes a bullfrog tadpole two years to fully develop from its larval stage into a full fledged frog. That's a long grow-time for a tadpole, especially when everything wants to eat you. This guy has already survived a winter. That is an impressive feat.
Now that Fall has arrived my little frog buddies are all probably going to start hybernating or die. This is a sad fact of life for lil' ol me because I've had a fun summer learning about frogs, toads, and their kit n' kin.
So, here's to the changing of the seasons, hybernation, and metamorphesis. Good luck to all my little frog, toad and tadpole buddies this winter. You'll make it though, it's not like you haven't done this before.