How to raise tadpoles into frogs
Raising tadpoles at home is a great way to see how a frog develops. It can be a fun activity for all the family or your classroom. Before you collect the spawn you will need to have all the necessary equipment to keep your tadpoles happy and safe. Below are some 2 month old tadpoles.
At the beginning of spring frogs mate in ponds and lay their eggs in clumps in shallow water.
Check the edges of ponds in gardens and nearby parks, or take a trip to the nearest woods and look for them in ponds.
Young tadpoles feed by scraping at the leaves of pond weed. They also like fresh lettuce and baby spinach. Before you feed them, rinse the leaves thoroughly.
Tadpoles only need a little bit of food. It is very important that their water is clean all the time, so change the leaves if they start to look sad!
As tadpoles get bigger they will eat anything they can! You can feed them with flakes of fish fry food from a pet shop.
When tadpoles grow legs they become carnivorous (meat eaters). They will eat each other unless you provide meat for them. Small pieces of meat can be suspended in the water on a piece of string. Change the meat every day. Below are some tadpoles eating a dead snail.
Your tadpoles will thrive if they are properly cared for and you will see them grow. See some tips for caring for your tadpoles below.
Later your tadpoles will gradually grow front legs, lose their tails, and transform into baby frogs. Baby frogs are sometimes called froglets. Here is a tiny froglet on a lily pad flower.
When the tadpoles grow legs they will need a way to get out of the water. You can put some stones or twigs for them to climb. It might take 6-12 weeks for them to reach this stage.
Once they develop into frogs they are ready to be released at a site near a pond and after growing into adults they can start a new life-cycle. Click here to see the life-cycle stages of a frog.
Click on the link below to print a life-cycle diary to fill out as your tadpoles grow:
Media credits: Arkive- as stated; Two tadpoles Markus@Thinkaholic; child holding tank-professorhouse.com; tadpoles eating snail Mariomassone; froglet on lily-Nilfanion.