Summer Amphibian

On sunny summer day looking into the cloudy water of a pond teaming with life, I caught a glimpse of this shimmering amphibian.

juvenile frog tadpole or Eastern Newt?

juvenile frog tadpole or Eastern Newt?

I think it’s a tadpole that will eventually become a frog or toad. Then again I think it might be a Newt? Both amphibians prefer the quiet, weedy water of ponds and lakes. Both of them can be green or brown and spotted. They shimmer when a shaft of sunlight hits the pond surface above them.

I think perhaps its a tadpole, soon to be bellowing on top of a lily pad to join the chorus of other frogs. Either way this slinky creature is a pretty surprise.

As David Attenborough once said, “Reptiles and amphibians are sometimes thought of as primitive, dull and dimwitted. In fact, of course, they can be lethally fast, spectacularly beautiful, surprisingly affectionate and very sophisticated.”

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