SPAWN!

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    Mar 11, 2012 10:51 PM GMT
    Took these pictures of frog spawn in a small pond today. Wasn't sure what it was at first. Admit it, you want to pick it up and revel in the gelatinous sensation of it all. icon_wink.gif

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    Mar 11, 2012 11:18 PM GMT
    I've got pics on the puter of a tree frog birthing in the birdbath in my garden but they're kinda gross so let me know if you want me to post them.
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    Mar 11, 2012 11:26 PM GMT
    theantijock saidI've got pics on the puter of a tree frog birthing in the birdbath in my garden but they're kinda gross so let me know if you want me to post them.


    I SO want to see them, 'cause I am really wondering, how can a frog excrete SO much mass? I mean, this is like the size of a newly-born human baby worth of eggs. Was it multiple frogs spooging their eggs into the same mass?
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    Mar 11, 2012 11:37 PM GMT
    Okay, but you asked for it. This is just one little frog but it will give you a good idea of the process. I'd never seen it before and didn't know what was going on. At first I thought a bird mutilated the poor frog. Looked like its entire inside was going inside out. I was going to take the poor thing to the vet before I figured out what was happening.

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    Mar 11, 2012 11:42 PM GMT
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    Mar 11, 2012 11:46 PM GMT
    So is it that tree frogs give live birth, and other frogs lay eggs?

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    Mar 12, 2012 12:06 AM GMT
    I was not real sure what I was observing as I'd never seen it before and had no frame of reference. Like I said, I was about to dial 911 and have it Lear jetted to the nearest emergency facility. That was a few years ago. If I remember right after I took those pics I went inside for a while, probably to google my dilemma. When I got back outside the frog was gone. I seem to remember looking for little tadpoles but didn't find them.

    I had quite a few tree frogs but this was the only time I ever witnessed this. Normally I used to enjoy watching them on a picture window in the TV room, where the opportunistic ones would catch moths attracted to the light.

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    Googling now I'm reading that they do not birth live. There are some frogs that carry the eggs in their mouth. For tree frogs, it says they deposit in pools of water in hollows of the trees. Maybe that's why I never found the babies? Maybe it carried away the eggs. I don't know.
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    Mar 12, 2012 12:55 AM GMT
    What the fuck's wrong with you gay guys? This is a thread about awesome natural frog spawn! Stop talking about mundane shit and share your extreme enthusiasm about this particular thread.

    I'm just messin' with ya. Carry on, but we'd like you to share your thoughts. icon_wink.gif
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    Mar 12, 2012 1:00 AM GMT
    EWWW! I had no idea what this was about and assumed Spawn the comic character then when I saw those pics... yuck! I hate frogs! I can't believe you held that egg sack thing, OMG!
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    Mar 12, 2012 1:03 AM GMT
    MarkRoger saidEWWW! I had no idea what this was about and assumed Spawn the comic character then when I saw those pics... yuck! I hate frogs! I can't believe you held that egg sack thing, OMG!


    You like wrestling, so I lika ya. icon_wink.gif You're young. Pick stuff in your hands. It's only the creation of life. It's not going to kill you. I put it back in the exact same spot I found it. I picked it up because I wasn't sure if it was frog's eggs, and it seemed so out of place of the other streams on the hike today.
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    Mar 12, 2012 1:06 AM GMT
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    This reminds me of a baggie of Baby Marilyn Manson eyes..O_o..!
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    Wow, I like how your mind works. Would you do something special for me, on this special night? Would you post the picture of you and the Charlie Brown Christmas Tree at Home Depot (or Lowes)? Maybe even make it one of your profile pics? It is SO adorable. icon_wink.gif
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    Mar 12, 2012 1:07 AM GMT
    There is something repulsively fascinating about this.

    PS: Stop quoting the picture of Marilyn Manson. He freaks the crap out of me.
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    Mar 12, 2012 1:13 AM GMT
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    MarkRoger saidEWWW! I had no idea what this was about and assumed Spawn the comic character then when I saw those pics... yuck! I hate frogs! I can't believe you held that egg sack thing, OMG!


    You like wrestling, so I lika ya. icon_wink.gif You're young. Pick stuff in your hands. It's only the creation of life. It's not going to kill you. I put it back in the exact same spot I found it. I picked it up because I wasn't sure if it was frog's eggs, and it seemed so out of place of the other streams on the hike today.


    You mean WWE or actual wrestling like Olympics stuff? And still, I wouldn't touch something like that it's just nasty to me... was it slimy?
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    Mar 12, 2012 1:15 AM GMT
    It wasn't slimy, it was like picking up jello.
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    Mar 12, 2012 1:16 AM GMT
    OK then it was squishy... still gross icon_confused.gif
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    Mar 12, 2012 1:46 AM GMT
    So adorable! Thanks! Wait that was only like December 2010, yes?
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    Mar 12, 2012 3:00 AM GMT
    wrestlervic saidSo is it that tree frogs give live birth, and other frogs lay eggs?



    icon_idea.gif The "typical" life cycle of amphibians is a larval stage that lasts a few months, followed by a brief metamorphic period, then a long, multiyear life on land. The adults return to the water to court and ultimately lay eggs. However, there are many exceptions. Among frogs, those of the genus Pristimantis lay eggs on land, which develop directly into miniatures of adults with no tadpole stage. These are the most widespread and commonly encountered frogs in the New World tropics. In Africa the genus Arthroleptis (known as "squeakers") are all direct developers. There are also many other direct developing frogs on Madagascar and in southeast Asia. Among salamanders most species of the largest family, the Plethodontidae, are direct developers. There are also direct developing caecilians.

    A few species of frogs give birth to living young. Members of the African genus Nectophrynoides retain eggs in the oviduct and some nourish the young as they grow. These are born as miniatures of the adult. One Puerto Rican species of the genus Eleutherodactylus, now thought to be extinct (E. jasperi), also retained eggs in the oviduct and had live birth. Salamandra salamandra, S. atra and some related species either give birth to larvae or to completely metamorphosed juveniles. Many species of caecilians give birth to living young, usually fully metamorphosed at birth.

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  • araphael

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    Mar 12, 2012 3:32 AM GMT
    The natural birth and emergence of natural things is so ugly and yet so beautiful. Like humans, and men. We are both good and bad, nice and not nice. I love nature and that which is natural!