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.
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