The tadpoles of the Mains Frog are fairly large, varying in colour from
orange-gold, copper pink over a grey base, dense grey-gold or dull gold with
Some environmental situations, such as the tadpoles living in a small
amounts of water, which would naturally heat to higher temperatures, is known to
trigger the tadpoles to develop at a faster rate, developing into adults frogs
within 14 days.
This seemingly hurried lifecycle from egg to tadpole to adult frogs
is a common feature of frogs from the arid and desert region, as water when it
does fall is usually only around for a brief period. Nowhere is it more evident
then seeing a former pool of water, drying out, still filled with tadpoles that did not
grow quick enough to complete their lifecycle.