APR 19, 2020 4:50 AM PDT

A Bullfrog Father Saves His Tadpoles From Certain Death

WRITTEN BY: Anthony Bouchard

Most recognize the African bullfrog (Pyxicephalus adspersus) as one of Africa’s largest known frogs, but there’s actually a lot more to this large amphibian than meets the eye.

When it comes time to spawn, African bullfrogs settle in small pools surrounding a primary source of water. The male stays behind to keep watch over his tadpoles, and with the hot Sun beating down on the ground, it quickly becomes evident that the pool won’t remain for long.

In order to save his tadpoles, the father must be quick to think on his feet. With the water drying up quickly under the beating Sun, the father decides that the tadpoles’ best chance at survival is being transferred to the larger water source: a nearby pond.

In an effort to save his tadpoles, the father climbs up out of the pool and begins using his powerful hind legs to dig a channel between the pool and the nearby pond. In time, the channel becomes large enough that water can flow from the pool to the pond, and the tadpoles begin to flow with the water.

After observing his work and recognizing that most of the tadpoles have made it to safety, the father leaps into the pond with his tadpoles. Now that’s dedication…

Related: Is this the first fluorescent frog ever discovered?

About the Author
  • Fascinated by scientific discoveries and media, Anthony found his way here at LabRoots, where he would be able to dabble in the two. Anthony is a technology junkie that has vast experience in computer systems and automobile mechanics, as opposite as those sound.
You May Also Like
JUN 01, 2020
Plants & Animals
Sifaka Lemurs Endure Dangerous Ventures to Find Food
JUN 01, 2020
Sifaka Lemurs Endure Dangerous Ventures to Find Food
Sifaka lemurs exist in families of such large numbers, that even an entire cluster of massive trees isn’t fruitful ...
MAY 31, 2020
Chemistry & Physics
Measuring stress chemicals in plants
MAY 31, 2020
Measuring stress chemicals in plants
Plant biologists at the University of California San Diego have developed a new nanosensor that lets them measure the ch ...
JUN 29, 2020
Cannabis Sciences
Should You Give Cannabis to Your Cat?
JUN 29, 2020
Should You Give Cannabis to Your Cat?
There is very limited research on the effects of cannabinoids on pets. Although some studies have emerged touting their ...
JUL 01, 2020
Cancer
Surgeons use glowing dye in dogs to improve mammary cancer excision practices
JUL 01, 2020
Surgeons use glowing dye in dogs to improve mammary cancer excision practices
A glowing dye could help surgeons leave better “clean margins” during cancer excisions, allowing them to mak ...
AUG 24, 2020
Cannabis Sciences
Vets Warn Against Using CBD for Pets
AUG 24, 2020
Vets Warn Against Using CBD for Pets
As cannabis products have grown in popularity, the stigma around them is falling, while knowledge is increasing. CBD, th ...
SEP 17, 2020
Microbiology
Animals May Sense the Magnetic Field Because of Bacteria
SEP 17, 2020
Animals May Sense the Magnetic Field Because of Bacteria
Animals can sense magnetism, an ability called magnetoreception. Scientists have been trying to understand this sense, w ...
Loading Comments...