Are you looking to describe a female frog? Are you not sure what the right term is to use? Well, you’d be surprised to learn that this is how they are commonly referred to.
So, what is a female frog called? A female frog is called a frog, or a female frog – there is no recognized and commonly used name to differentiate them from males. That being said, female frogs may be referred to as a tadpole, or froglet, depending on their age and the stage of metamorphosis they are in.
Ultimately, it has a lot to do with their development; but still, they still have the same terms for the males, too.
So males also share the terminology tadpole and froglet too.
Naturally, you now be wondering what the life stages look like, and when each term should be used.
Well, I’ve created a quick and simple image for you below to explain it:
So, you’d want to use the terms:
- Frogspawn – if the frog is still an egg in transparent jelly,
- Tadpole – while in the larval stage,
- Froglets – while they are a young frogs and still resemble signs of a tadpole,
- Frog – when fully adults.
The best way to tell whether a frog is male or female is to compare specific body characteristics. You can check body size (females are generally larger than males) look for nuptial pads (males possess these on their hands), compare colors, and look at the ears (males generally have larger ears than females). Although each of which will vary by species.
A baby frog is called a tadpole, or froglet, depending on its age and stage of metamorphosis.
A tadpole is considered a baby frog.
The five stages of a frog are frogspawn (egg), tadpole (first phase), tadpole (second phase), froglet, and frog (adult).
A tadpole with legs is called a froglet. Sometimes they are referred to as polliwogs.
A frog with a tail is called a tadpole. Although, there are some species that do possess tails as adults (which go by the namesake ‘tailed frogs’.
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