Deformed Tadpole Tail

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Deformed Tadpole Tail

Postby Green&Gold » Sat Nov 14, 2015 7:38 am

G'day,

One of the tadpoles I recently collected from nearby drying marsh, has a tail deformity. I have attached a photo, where the malfunction is obvious. I am wondering if anyone has seen this before? I will just have to wait and see if it continues developing properly.

I collect tadpoles yearly, to encourage my young brothers to care and wonder about frogs. I am interested in becoming a batrachologist, so I am a bit of a frog enthusiast myself! They will be released a few weeks after they have metamorphosed.

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Postby FDR Project » Fri Dec 04, 2015 6:10 pm

Bent tails are part of the collection of difficulties we see up here in frogs that have been mildly exposed to chemicals. If this individual survives past metamorphosis, you might want to hold it in captivity for awhile but - in the long run, it might not make that much difference.
Thanks for posting the question.


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