Ask the Experts: What Happens When the Tadpoles Return to the Vernal Pool?

Many kindergarteners were wondering what happens to the tadpoles when they return to the vernal pool. Some hypothesized that they hide under a rock in the classroom tanks because they think we are the predators. That is a correct assumption. Others also thought correctly that they would live longer in the tank because there are no predators. That is another correct assumption. Vernal pools can be dangerous places for little tadpoles. There are many predators that live in the pool that like to eat the tadpoles. Another danger is that many pools dry up before the tadpoles have a chance to change into froglets.

Finally, listen to Bryan and Emile’s responses to your questions.

Here are some examples of two wood frog tadpoles/froglets that were released today into the vernal pool on the Case Campus. What differences do you notice?

How is this one different from the other?

How is this one different from the other?

What do you notice about this tadpole?

What do you notice about this tadpole?

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