Tuesday, September 05, 2006

I have 10 tadpoles

on my kitchen counter. In a little container.

They are so tiny, you almost can't see them. So, there is a good chance that these are not tadpoles at all.

I tried to look up some stuff about "raising" tadpoles before we went out last night to buy them some food. But there was a bit too much information, and I am not sure I really learned anything.

Anyone got any tips on tadpole maintenance they'd like to pass along?


Anonymous mom a said...

drop an ant (or a mosquito you have swatted) into the water; one or more of them should try to eat. The younguns will probably get a kick out of watching them. Where did you find them?

Tue Sep 05, 11:14:00 AM  
Anonymous mom a said...

I almost forgot; amphibians are very sensitive to chemicals in the water. Use distilled or let the water stand overnight before putting them into it.

Tue Sep 05, 12:11:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Apparently, I cannot leave a comment on a non-beta version of blogger with my own blogger info. Really, they should have told me that before I switched! Now I'm a little miffed and can't remember my comment...aargh!


Tue Sep 05, 10:23:00 PM  
Blogger theresa said...

I got nothin'! But how cool is that, that you have tadpoles for a pet? "I want one, I want one!" :)

Oh, and I can guarantee Robin didn't forget her comment because of the beta version...did you check out the TIME she posted??? Oh my word! She was probably typing that in her sleep! :)

Wed Sep 06, 10:43:00 AM  
Blogger Barb said...

Well this sure brings back memories. We always had tons of tadpoles when we were little and we usually succeeded in turning them into tiny little frogs. I do remember that their back legs start showing up first and at that point you have to make sure they're where they can crawl out of water. They still need the water but they need to be able to get out of it and hang around poolside. As for there dinner menu, all we ever gave them was mushed up bread but Mom A Said is probably right about giving them bugs. I mean, frogs eats bugs and with any luck they're going to be frogs someday, right? You did think about THAT part, right? Frogs everywhere? In your house?

Wed Sep 06, 03:02:00 PM  
Blogger PEZmama said...

Okay. Recount. There were 13 tadpoles. NOW there are only 10. With this death rate, I think I probably won't have too many frogs hopping around... We also have to consider that we still are not certain WHAT these things are. I have a hunch that they are TOADpoles, because we don't live in an area where frogs would be. We do have toads, though.

Hopefully a toad or two will result, even if we raise it like it's a frog. (Ooooh, I think I see a children's story here. I'll call it "The Ugly Tadpole.")

Wed Sep 06, 06:38:00 PM  
Blogger PEZmama said...

by the way, Theresa, I think this thing logs things in eastern time. Robin is an hour behind me. Just wanted to let you know so you didn't expect the end times to be upon us or something!

Wed Sep 06, 06:39:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ha ha, very funny. I couldn't comment on Addie's either. So tHERE.


Wed Sep 06, 08:30:00 PM  
Anonymous sarahgrace said...

Sounds very nice actually. Some in depth discipling. I think all of us could certainly benefit from the same. God bless you.

Sat Sep 09, 01:44:00 PM  
Blogger Julie said...

I know you wrote this post weeks ago, but I have a tadpole tip...if it's not too late.

Last year for a science unit study we did the tadpole thing. A friend who is savvy in all things froggish, told us to buy some romaine lettuce, cut it up and boil it for about 2 minutes. Voila! Perfect tadpole and baby frog food.

It really worked. All the tadpoles grew into little frogs and eventually left home. They don't call, they don't write. But we know we did the right thing.

Thu Sep 21, 08:28:00 AM  

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