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The Pond Habitat of the Frog

 

 

The frog's habitat is in or near ponds. 

This is because frogs spawn in water.
 


 

Frogs lay their eggs in the water.

Frog's eggs are laid in clumps.

 

Toads also lay their eggs in water.

Toad's eggs are laid in strings.


 

The eggs hatch out into tiny tadpoles which cling to the pond weed.


The tadpoles grow larger and breathe through

feather -like external gills on the side of the head.

They eat the algae in the pond and other vegetable matter. They are also carnivorous and will eat frog and toad eggs and even each other.


As the tadpole grows, it loses these external gills and develops internal gills.


The tadpole grows back legs.


The tadpole then grows front legs.


The tadpole grows further and develops lungs. Its tail begins to disappear.

It is now a frog and is ready to leave the pond.


The area round the pond provides plenty of slugs, flies and other insects for the frog to eat.

 

 

 

The foliage round the pond provides shelter and protection from predators and keeps the air moist.

The moist air round the pond stops the frog's skin from drying out.

 


How the frog has adapted to live in water or on the land.

 

The frog has nostrils and eyes high up on its head.

This means they stay out of the water while the frog is swimmimg.

 
     

The frog has a sensitive area on its back.

This can sense vibrations in the water.

The frog has moist skin to allow oxygen to pass through.

 

The frog has a sticky tongue and a wide mouth, so it can catch insects.

The frog has lungs for fast breathing.

     

 

The frog has strong back legs for leaping and swimming.

The frog has webbed feet. These help it to swim quickly.