Bullfrog Tadpole

BULLFROG TADPOLES (Lithobates catesbeianus)

ALIAS: Polliwog, squirt, porwigle

IDENTIFICATION:  The larval form of the bullfrog emerges from eggs with gills and a long, flat tail.  As the tadpole matures, front and hind legs will develop as the tail is reduced in size.

DIET:  Bullfrog tadpoles are considered herbivores, feeding mainly on algae and other vegetation.

SPAWNING:  Adult bullfrogs lay eggs in the spring.  Seven to ten days after spawning, the eggs hatch and the tadpoles wiggle free.

USE: Once mature, bullfrog tadpoles can be harvested and consumed. They are rich in protein and omega-3 fatty acids.

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