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9. TADPOLE

Tadpoles are amphibian larvae that eventually turn into fully developed frogs or toads, and by the time these tiny swimmers make their transformations, they don’t look anything like their former selves. As tadpoles, they live in shallow water and do not have any appendages other than a tail. As they mature into frogs or toads, they begin to grow legs and arms while absorbing their tails. They go from having small mouths to growing large ones that span the width of their heads. Even their insides transform to make way for a new way of eating — going from a mostly plant-based diet to one that includes insects.

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12:39PM PDT on Apr 23, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

10:23AM PDT on Apr 23, 2013

Thanks for sharing.

12:03AM PST on Mar 7, 2012

interesting

6:47AM PDT on Sep 5, 2011

fascinating

5:45AM PDT on Jun 20, 2011

The stick insect is amazing.

3:10PM PDT on Jun 12, 2011

Amazing. :)

2:16PM PDT on Jun 5, 2011

WOW! We live on such an amazing planet!

8:38PM PDT on Jun 4, 2011

I love this creature. Nature always surprise us!

1:52PM PDT on Jun 2, 2011

Beautiful! The walking stick is one of my favorite insects. Hard to find!

9:08AM PDT on Jun 2, 2011

While the link to the owl was truly amazing, I would include the ordinary fly in this list too. From a caterpillar to a butterfly is quite romantic, but from a maggot to a fly is the same feat! ;-)

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