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A Survey of the Herpetofauna of the Comanche National Grasslands in Southeastern Colorado

Appendix 7:

Photographs of selected habitat and species of amphibians and
reptiles observered during the 1995-1997 field seasons


JPG -- Tadpoles in a pond
Tadpoles in a temporary pond in Vogel Canyon (primarily Bufo punctatus). Most of these would perish over the next several days as the ponds dried up.
JPG -- Bufo punctatus tadpoles
Close-up of Bufo punctatus tadpoles in temporary pond in Vogel Canyon. Tadpoles can reach extreme densities in temporary ponds after "explosive" breeding by anurans. In wetter years, many will survive to metamorphosis; in drier years, the entire season's reproductive effort may be lost to desiccation.

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