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Larval Amphibians - Frogs and Toads

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Mink Frog

Lithobates septentrionalis
  • Tadpole length 60-80mm, max. 99mm; eyes dorsal
  • Greenish brown oval body, often with black spotting or reticulations extending onto tail; belly pale yellow
  • Tail musculature unicoloured; tail fin transparent with dark and light coloured flecks and spots
  • Intestinal coil not usually visible; vent dextral; tooth rows: 2/3
  • Eggs: 500-4000, laid in globular clusters attached to underwater plants 20-40cm, occasionally >50cm below surface; deposited throughout habitat
  • Habitat: permanent water: ponds, lakes, slow moving streams, often with dense mats of lily pads; over-winter as tadpoles

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