The best part? It’s actually fairly simply to look after tadpoles as they develop into frogs. Let’s get started!
Keeping Tadpoles: How to care for them
Rules and Regulations
There are rules and regulations for raising tadpoles and keeping frogs. Ensure you research this information before taking them from the wild. Different countries have different rules; even different states have different rules. If you have to fill out some forms it is worth the trouble – honest.
Set your tadpoles up in a little tank like this one and fill it with their original pond water.
It’s very important to top up the water every couple of days to keep it aerated and to stop the water from evaporating.
Frogs are every sensitive to chemicals and other nasties in our home environment. Set some water in a bucket for 24 hours and use this water to fill up the tank when the water level starts to lower.
Food for Tadpoles
Boil half a lettuce leaf until it became opaque (clear).
After it cools down add a little to your tank. The cooked lettuce can be stored in the fridge for five days.
We fed the tadpoles when ever there was no food left. It’s important not to overfeed them or the water will become murky and unhealthy.
Watching Tadpoles turn into Frogs
Here is the visual diary!
Using all these photos, we can re-live the experience again and again. This is a perfect opportunity for children to learn about metamorphosis and life cycles.
The day we brought them home.
They grow fast!
With two back legs.
With four legs but still quite the tail.
While you’re watching them grow, learn about them.
Frog & Tadpole Books
- The Wide-mouthed Frog by Keith Faulkner
- Where do Frog Come From by Alex Vern
- Tale of a Tadpole by Karen Wallace
- Growing Frogs by Vivian French
Tadpole Care: Setting your frogs free
Be sure to return your frogs to the wild when they get their legs. It’s best to release them back into the same pond where you found them.
Children love keeping tadpoles and watching them transform into frogs. It’s a memory they’ll hang on to forever.
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