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Tadpoles have several mechanisms to reduce predation. They avoid predators by swimming in very shallow water often with thick grass vegetation, and by swimming close together in schools during the day. Tadpoles also produce toxic chemicals in their skin that discourage some potential predators. Fish have been reported to die after consuming one tadpole however, most fish quickly learn to avoid eating American toad tadpoles. The tadpoles are also very small and they are a solid black color.
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