Mama Strawberry Dart Frog

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If I were a mama dart frog,

I’d lay six little eggs,

Then wait patiently while my mate pees on them!

He’d water the eggs and look after them,

Until it’s time to hatch.

When tadpoles hatch,

I’d carry them one by one,

Looking for pools to swim in.

I’d find one pool for each,

So they won’t eat each other!

My tadpoles safe and sound,

I’d produce food for them,

Eggs for my oophagous little babes!

In about two months,

My babies would grow legs,

Loose their tails,

And turn into frogs!

But what if something happens first?

What if not all babes survive?

Sometimes, not all eggs hatch.

And what if a thirsty animal

Drinks water from their pools,

Swallowing up my babes?

“Please, be careful as you drink!

My babies are in there!”

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