• Question: why do frogs pawn stick together?

    Asked by sarahfb to Jo, Kevin on 22 Jun 2012.
    • Photo: Kevin Mahon

      Kevin Mahon answered on 22 Jun 2012:

      The eggs are covered in a jelly which covers them all. This jelly gives the eggs many advanages!

      It sticks them together and prevents their being swept away by a current or eaten by predators. It also protects them from mechanical injury (a rock falling for instance), from drying up and it is also believed it may protect them attacks by fungi and bacteria.

      Keeping eggs safe is important for frogs – if the eggs perish then their mating was for nothing!

    • Photo: Joanna Cruden

      Joanna Cruden answered on 22 Jun 2012:

      several frogs will often lay their spawn at the same place, because the spawn and tadpoles are vulnerable to predators the frogs lay lots of eggs to have the best chance of some surviving