Well remember last week when I said that one tadpole was coloring up nicely while the other was being a slow-poke? Well, on Sunday the nicely colored tadpole popped his front legs and yesterday the slow-poke tadpole popped his front legs and he is still black! Under good light you can see that he is actually dark black with even darker black spots.
I looked it up and I think he might be a melanistic froglet! Melanism – development of the dark-colored pigment melanin in the skin or its appendages. Deduced from the Greek, meaning “black pigment”.
It will be interesting to see if he will stay all black or if he will slowly get his colors. If he stays all black with darker black spots I will have to name him OddBall!
If you know anyone who would like some of the previous froglets, let me know! I will need to start making some room for the new froglets!