S is for Spawn

Frog spawn – there is a lot of it in the garden pond.

Frog spawn

They are over hundred frogs in the pond at the moment and they will start dispersing again soon. During the year, we come across them regularly in the vegetable garden, and in the long grass of the meadows.

It is wonderful to see them all together in the pond though, and they do make a lovely gentle croaking noise. The spawn will take anything from 10-21 days to hatch into tadpoles (it depends on the temperature). The tadpoles will take a further 14 weeks to grow into mini frogs. Of course many of them will become food for newts, dragonfly larva and other predators including themselves.

Inspired by this week’s Lens artist photo challenge -Subjects Starting with Letter S

26 thoughts on “S is for Spawn

  1. Leya

    And I love these – thank you for posting! I always hosted little ones in a bucket at home as a child, and then my children also did this every spring. We saw them grow – then released them back again when all four legs had come through. Sweet frogs – lucky you!

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