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Free Life Cycle Coloring Pages

August 17, 2014

Below I have included 6 life cycle coloring pages that I made as well as some fun facts about the animals that they feature.

The coloring pages feature wild animals as well as popular pets including a bullfrog’s life cycle, a monarch butterfly’s life cycle, a hermit crab’s life cycle, a ladybug’s life cycle, a spotted salamander’s life cycle and a Siamese fighting fish’s life cycle. They  are free for anyone to use for non commercial purposes.

All you need to do is right click the pictures to download them and then print them off on your home computer. 

Rules Of Use

All of the images below feature my own artwork.

In creating this page I give permission for anyone to save and print these images.

I do not give permission for any of these images to be used for commercial purposes.

Please respect my work and do not re-post anywhere else on the internet without linking back to this page and crediting me as the line work artist.

You are welcome to contact me if you have any questions.

Bullfrog Life Cycle Educational Coloring Page

And Some Fun Facts About Bullfrogs

bullfrog life cycle coloring page

1. A female bullfrog will lay up to 20,000 eggs at a time.

2. Bullfrog tadpoles can grow to 6 inches long from snout to tail and adult bullfrogs can grow up to 8 inches long from snout to bum.

3. Adult Bullfrogs will eat anything they can swallow. They have even been known to catch mice and birds!

4. In the winter bullfrogs burrow in the mud and hibernate.

5. A Bullfrog’s lifespan in the wild is 8-10 years.

 Monarch Butterfly Life Cycle Educational Coloring Page

And Some Fun Facts About Monarch Butterflies

butterfly life cycle coloring page

1. A Monarch butterfly caterpillar will shed its skin 5 times before it pupates and becomes a butterfly.

2. Monarch butterfly larvae eat milkweed leaves which secrete poison. This poison is not harmful to the caterpillars and they store it in their bodies which makes them poisonous to predators as caterpillars and as adults.

3. Monarch butterflies are famous for the enormous migration they make, travelling in excess of 2000 miles to warmer climates for winter where they hibernate.

4. Monarch butterflies taste with their feet and smell with their antennae.

5. Monarch butterflies go through four generations in a year. The first three generations live for 2-6 weeks after becoming butterflies. The fourth generation will make the big migration and will live for up to 8 months returning to where they came from in the spring to lay the first generation of eggs for the new year.

Hermit Crab Life Cycle Educational Coloring Page

And Some Fun Facts About Hermit Crabs

hermit crab life cycle coloring page

1. Newly hatched hermit crab larvae are called zoea.

2. There are over 600 species of hermit crab.

3. The largest species of hermit crab grows to about the size of a coconut.

4. Hermit crabs have very soft long bodies which makes them vulnerable to predators. This is why they use abandoned snail shells to live inside of. If shells aren’t available crabs have been known to move into all sorts of abandoned litter such as plastic bottle caps and even glass bottles.

5. A well cared for pet hermit crab will live about 10 years however some species in the wild can live longer than 30 years.

Ladybug Life Cycle Educational Coloring Page

And Some Fun Facts About Ladybugs

ladybug life cycle coloring page

1. A single female ladybug will lay up to 2000 eggs in her lifetime.

2. Ladybugs secrete a yellow fluid from the joints in their legs when they’re scared, this is called “reflex bleeding” the fluid is actually their blood and it tastes awful to predators.

3. Ladybugs are carnivorous and a single one can consume up to 5000 aphids in its life. Aphids destroy plants so farmers love ladybugs.

4. Ladybugs chew from side to side with their mandibles instead of up and down.

5. A ladybug’s lifespan is typically about a year but some species will live up to three years, hibernating in the winter.

Spotted Salamander Educational Life Cycle Coloring Page

And Some Fun Facts About Spotted Salamanders

salamander live cycle coloring page

1. Spotted salamanders are named for the yellow spots which appear down the length of their backs.

2. If a Spotted salamander is threatened it will secrete a sticky, toxic substance from its back and tail to deter predators.

3. If conditions are favorable spotted salamanders can grow up to 9 inches long.

4. If a spotted salamander loses part of its tail or even a limb it can re-grow the body part.

5. Spotted salamanders can live up to 20 years in the wild.

Siamese Fighting Fish Educational Life Cycle Coloring Page

And some facts about Siamese fighting fish

siamese fighting fish life cycle coloring page

1. Siamese fighting fish are actually called Betta Splendens or Bettas for short. They got the name Siamese “fighting fish” because they are very aggressive and territorial. Male bettas will fight to the death if given the opportunity.

2. Because these fish often live in unoxygenated puddles in the wild they have developed an organ inside their head called a labyrinth that acts like a lung and helps them breathe air from the surface of the water to stay alive when their gills can’t pull enough oxygen out of the water.

3. In the wild they are shades of dull brown and green and their fins are short. They have been selectively bred for hundreds of years to be the colorful and long finned beauties you see in the pet store.

4. Males create a nest out of bubbles that they blow up individually at the surface of the water and after mating the male gently picks up each individual egg and places it in the bubble nest. The short finned female abandons the nest and the male cares for the young until they hatch.

5. The average lifespan of a betta in captivity is 2-5 years.

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