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Name: Anne P.
Status: Educator
Age: 50s
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Date: 4/10/2003


Question:
A student found a fist-sized gelatinous ball in a wet-weather stream in the country, Washington County, Georgia. Inside the ball are approximately 30-40 smaller gelatinous egg sacs with a single embryo in each sac. A couple of the sacs have escaped the larger ball and the clearly defined smaller sacs can be seen with the naked eye. Although the embryos resemble tiny tadpoles, they appear much smaller and thinner. I have never seen frog or toad eggs contained in such a larger sac. Is this another amphibian, a fish, an insect or what? Can you tell me anything about such a mass? Thanks for your help! 172 fifth graders are looking for an answer!


Replies:
I have no idea, but this web site on Georgia amphibians might help. http://www.gwf.org/commonamphibians.htm J. Elliott


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