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Raising Pollywogs

Updated on August 2, 2013

Pollywogs, The Beginning

Would you ever think of raising pollywogs? I came upon this endeavor accidentally. We have two small ponds in our backyard and one is frequented by frogs. The other, however, is where they lay their eggs. Where they lay their eggs also happens to be our fish pond which we try to keep nice and clean. This year the fish pond was very dirty and needed to be drained to clean it. As my husband was talking about draining it I noticed thousands, yes thousands, of pollywogs swimming around. Now I don't know about you but pollycide is not on my list! I couldn't bear the thought of killing all those little creatures, not to mention that I love frogs.

I moved some pollywogs to the smaller pond but decided it would be interesting for me and fun for my four year old grandson to see what happens when pollywogs turn into frogs. So, I bought a small tank and overcrowded it with pollywogs.

Pollywog Tank

My pollywog tank filled with pollywogs.
My pollywog tank filled with pollywogs. | Source

Pollywogs - The Learning Curve

What did I know about raising pollywogs? Well, nothing really. Now that I had them in a nice clean tank with a rock, some vegetation, and some water from the pond, it was time to learn more about the cute little black sperm-like creatures.

First off, pollywogs are also called tadpoles, in case you were wondering. These young amphibians, particularly the ones I had, live in water, fresh water. They have no arms or legs but a little tail that moves to help them swim. Once the eggs are laid mother frog moves on to greener waters. The little pollywog is left on it's own before it even hatches. They eat the jelly-like egg until they hatch from the egg. Its not easy being a pollywog. Once they hatch into our little black wigglers they become easy prey for any number of creatures, from fish and other frogs to dragon flies! Oh, and did I mention some may eat each other? Not very brotherly but nature does it's own thing.

So, protector of life that I am, the next step is what to feed my pollywogs. When they are very young they eat algae. They will also eat freeze dried worms as they grow. Algae was not a problem for me as I could just scoop it out of my frog pond. They will also eat small plants, pieces of lettuce, leaves and such. I happen to have these small, and I do mean small, plants growing in my pond so I put some of those in the tank as well.

So far I've learned:

  • Not all pollywog eggs hatch
  • Very young pollywogs do not have a good survival rate
  • Young pollywogs like to eat algae and small plants
  • You can buy very small freeze dried worms to feed pollywogs
  • I had a lot more to learn

Pollywogs in Algae

Pollywogs do love their algae.
Pollywogs do love their algae. | Source

Have you ever watched pollywogs grow into frogs?

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Remember I said thousands of eggs were laid in my pond? Well, another cause of death for pollywogs, I soon came to find out, is overcrowding. Too many in too little a space and they start dying and stop growing! I only had about four of forty die, but they weren't growing very well. When I looked up growth rate I found that pollywogs mature into frogs in two to three weeks. That, however, is under optimum conditions. My pollywogs were not growing according to the facts that I read. So, I decided to separate a few to see if there was a difference. I put five pollywogs in a separate container and left the rest in the original one.

Now a little over a month later I finally have some tiny frogs but more on that later.

My Pollywogs

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The first time I fed my pollywogs freeze dried worms they went into a feeding fenzy...I think they were happy.My original tank began to grow it's own algae which the pollywogs loved.  They dig right into it in the bottom.This is the new 'tank' with just five pollywogs.The pollywogs were thriving; at least they were getting bigger.
The first time I fed my pollywogs freeze dried worms they went into a feeding fenzy...I think they were happy.
The first time I fed my pollywogs freeze dried worms they went into a feeding fenzy...I think they were happy. | Source
My original tank began to grow it's own algae which the pollywogs loved.  They dig right into it in the bottom.
My original tank began to grow it's own algae which the pollywogs loved. They dig right into it in the bottom. | Source
This is the new 'tank' with just five pollywogs.
This is the new 'tank' with just five pollywogs. | Source
The pollywogs were thriving; at least they were getting bigger.
The pollywogs were thriving; at least they were getting bigger. | Source

Caring for the Tanks

As I said earlier I now had two 'tanks'. Nothing can live in stagnant water and since I didn't have a filter on either tank I would take one or two cups of water out of each tank and add one or two cups of fresh water to each tank, every day. Of course if it rained and added natural water, I'd skip that day.

When the water got very murky I put the pollywogs in another container and changed all the water. I only did that once actually in five weeks. The worst issue is not how murky the water is, but how hot it gets. I really didn't want to fry the pollywogs so I checked the water (with my finger) and if it was too hot or evaporating I added a bit of cooler water from the pond. I never used fresh water for fear of chemicals harming the pollywogs.

If you look closely you can see long roots hanging from those little plants I told you about earlier. The pollywogs love to eat those roots.

I'm sure you noticed the rocks in the tanks. Well, maybe you did, but anyway they are vital to pollywogs growth. As they begin to grow into frogs they begin to lay on the rocks and once they develop legs they start climbing on and off the rocks. They love climbing on the rocks and diving into the water.

So to care for your tank;

  • Be sure to add fresh water periodically
  • Have a rock the frogs can climb on
  • Keep small plants and/or algae in the tank
  • Don't house too many pollywogs in one tank.

Pollywogs' Metamorphisis

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Pollywogs beginning their changes.Legs!  My first little pollywog has legs.Notice the slight resemblance to a dinosaur?Beginning to develop front legs.
Pollywogs beginning their changes.
Pollywogs beginning their changes. | Source
Legs!  My first little pollywog has legs.
Legs! My first little pollywog has legs. | Source
Notice the slight resemblance to a dinosaur?
Notice the slight resemblance to a dinosaur? | Source
Beginning to develop front legs.
Beginning to develop front legs. | Source

Facts About Pollywogs

Did You Know
Pollywogs eat their tails
Pollywogs develop more quickly in WARM water
Pollywogs shrink into becoming small frogs
Tap water has chemicals that can kill pollywogs
Pollywogs need three inches of water and a rock
Pollywogs like dirt in the bottom of their tanks
The common pond frog is ready to mate at three years old
Frogs don't drink water they soak it through their skin

Frog Legs Take on a New Meaning

I know there are people who eat frog legs but this isn't the place to talk about that! When my little pollywogs started to sprout legs I was so excited. First their tails get wider, then they started to get thinner and soon two back legs appeared. My pictures aren't very clear because of the algae in the water but you can see the little sperm-like pollywog has back legs and is starting to look like a frog or sometimes a dinosaur. The tail will still be attached as the back legs form. As the legs form the pollywogs' gills begin to disappear and their lungs begin to form.

Next the front legs begin to form. Two tiny little legs. Now the frog has four legs and a short tail. Soon after the front legs form the tail disappears. Now these little guys can climb on the rocks in the tank. What amazes me is the frogs they have become are smaller than the pollywogs they were. Most sources say it take twelve weeks for the four legs to form but my little guys have four legs after five weeks. Maybe because they are bullfrogs, I'm not sure. I do know they are tiny little frogs and I don't think they are ready to go into the pond just yet. I'd like to see them get a little bigger and stronger.

If you watch the two short videos in this hub you'll see how big the pollywogs look and how small the frogs look. If you watch the tiny frog closely you'll notice too, how long his back legs are...a true sign of the bullfrog he will become.

Legs & Tail to Frog

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A little blurry but a look at my little pollywog turning into a frog.A swimming view of our pollywog turning into a frog.Our first little tail!Another view of our first little frog.Our little frog swimming.
A little blurry but a look at my little pollywog turning into a frog.
A little blurry but a look at my little pollywog turning into a frog. | Source
A swimming view of our pollywog turning into a frog.
A swimming view of our pollywog turning into a frog. | Source
Our first little tail!
Our first little tail! | Source
Another view of our first little frog.
Another view of our first little frog. | Source
Our little frog swimming.
Our little frog swimming. | Source

Baby Frogs

We now have two fully developed baby frogs, several with just back legs, several with front and back legs and still more with no legs yet. This has been a fun learning experience. Hopefully the frogs will be big enough to let go by the end of summer.

I have added two videos to show you our pollywogs and frog a little better. They are very short so you might enjoy taking a look at them.

I hope you have found this hub interesting and will share it with your friends. I would love to hear your comments!

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      dennis k 

      14 months ago

      Bull frog tadpoles are the size of your thumb with a tail! I have toads and they are like the size shown in your pictures starting in long strings of eggs and each egg the size of a pin head. Told there are 60 thousand and 6 or so live to maturity! I also have tree frogs and they are the same as above but have Frogs usually have egg clusters instead of strings.but egg clusters. Chlorine in the water will kill tadpoles almost instantly so you did good. I killed a whole batch that way once in by pond and also if you try to de algae the water you can kill them also because it eliminates the oxygen they need to breathe! Great article!!! Thanks:)

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      Mary Craig 

      5 years ago from New York

      Thanks so much Molometer, glad you enjoyed. The only videos I have on my YouTube Channel are ones used in my hubs! You never know tho, I might just find the one that'll go viral ;)

      Thanks Peg. it is nice to hear voices of people we "talk" to at HP. I do love nature and hate to see any little creature suffer.

      So happy to hear you learned a lot from my little hub FlourishAnyway. It was so much fun for me and my grandson.

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      5 years ago from USA

      I loved this hub and am so glad you chose t0 give the little guys and gals a foster home until they could hop on their own. I learned a lot while reading your hub and voted it up and more. Sharing, too.

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      Peg Cole 

      5 years ago from Northeast of Dallas, Texas

      This was really fascinating to watch the little Pollywogs in action. I loved the videos and liked hearing your narration as it made you even more real to me than when reading your articles. Your compassion and love for nature shines through in this one.

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      5 years ago from United Kingdom

      What a great thing to do for these little frogs. well done The videos were great too.

      Glad I found your YouTube Channel too. Subscribed.

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      Mary Craig 

      5 years ago from New York

      The same here Moonlake, we couldn't keep them long but it was such an amazing thing to watch and my four year old grandson loved it! He knew they had to "be released into the wild" even at his age. Thanks for the vote.

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      5 years ago from America

      They are fun to watch. We use to have them all the time when we were kids. Another thing I did for my granddaughter, I made a terrarium with some water in the bottom and put a frog in it and we would catch bugs and put them in to watch the frog eat them, mostly flies. We couldn’t do it for a real long time but even for a short time it’s fun for kids. Voted up

    • tillsontitan profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Craig 

      5 years ago from New York

      So glad you enjoyed DDE. I guess it goes to show some things really are universal. Thanks for the nice comment and votes!

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      Devika Primić 

      5 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Raising Pollywogs I used to when I was much younger but lost interest after a while, definitely brought back my childhood memories here. A wonderfully thought of title and you did it again surprised me with another great hub voted up and useful.

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      Mary Craig 

      5 years ago from New York

      How lucky I am to have chosen this follow the pollywogs and to write this hub so I could bring back childhood memories. Your comment was lovely Rajan and I so appreciate it and your votes and shares.

      Tattuwurn, I am so happy to see someone else with childhood memories of the pollywogs. It so good to hear your school released them. You are most welcome my friend.

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      5 years ago

      It reminds me of childhood memories. We would usually pick up a string of frog eggs at a pond near our school, and observe how the eggs turn into tadpoles and grow into full frogs. Good thing we needed them for our science class, and it was really fun taking care of them (as soon as they grew into froglets, still with tails, we send them back to their own environment) :). Thanks for posting! :)

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

      Reading this article was like reliving childhood memories of seeing tadpoles turn into frogs. Of course, I never raised them myself but it was a fun experience just watching this wiggly tadpole become a baby frog.

      Lovely hub, beautiful pictures and great videos, Mary.

      Voted up, useful, interesting, shared and pinned.

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      Mary Craig 

      5 years ago from New York

      I'm so happy to evoke childhood memories. Thanks for sharing lyricwriter! Oh yes, we will be seeing each other around for sure.

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      Richard Ricky Hale 

      5 years ago from West Virginia

      Til, voted up, useful, awesome, interesting, and shared. I remember when I was younger, we'd always see them in a little stream. They used to be hundreds of them. It was a little stream back in the woods, a place where nobody would get to them. Very useful information Til, very well written. See you around:)

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      Mary Craig 

      6 years ago from New York

      Yes I did have fun. As I've said in other comments I guess growing up in the City has made me more aware. I just love frogs! We've been lucky to have small bullfrogs and others in our ponds. I have no idea where they come from but they show up every year.

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      Deb Hirt 

      6 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Good work, Mary! Glad to see that you were having fun with this. Back in Maine, as a kid, frogs were very abundant, as there is water everywhere. We played with a lot of eggs, pollywogs, frogs, bullfrogs, toads, and tree frogs. I have seen a few in the lake and taken a couple of pictures of eyes abover the water, but that is about it.

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      Mary Craig 

      6 years ago from New York

      Bless K2, my dog would have been all over those frogs. You have now explained the awkwardness of my little frogs. I guess it takes time for them to get used to those legs, especially the bullfrogs whose legs are so long and powerful. Thanks for returning with that comment. Best to you!

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      Suhail Zubaid aka Clark Kent 

      6 years ago from Mississauga, ON


      I forgot to tell you that during my recent hikes in southern Ontario and western NY, I found K2 distracted by something moving in grass all the time. Initially, I thought of meadow voles. But on close check I found them to be young frogs. The tadpoles I was seeing in trail-side water bodies some 2-3 weeks ago, have now transformed into frogs.

      The frogs that intrigued K2 were weak in their legs. I noticed lot of clumsiness while hopping and it was terrible hopping that they did, landing flat on their bellies with sprawled legs in every direction that they were retrieving into position soon afterwards lol.

      Fortunately, K2 didn't bother them much. Just sniffing and letting them go in agony I described above.


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      Mary Craig 

      6 years ago from New York

      I know Pearl, I don't think the little guy realized there was a rock nearby. I can't imagine how big the world looks to something so very tiny. It is amazing any of them reach adulthood! Thanks so much for the vote and share...glad you enjoyed listening this old lady's voice ;)

      Thanks Pamela. I tried to include what I thought might be helpful to anyone else wanting to try. I appreciate your vote and share.

      I just realized I should be lowering the water level Eddy, but I'm thinking maybe I should lower it more. I lost another little one last night and it breaks my heart. Glad I could take you down Memory Lane my friend.

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      6 years ago from Wales

      What a wonderful hub Mary; it brought back so many memories .

      When small I used to spend most of time exploring our surrounding countryside with my Beagle Lassie and every year I would collect frog spawn/tadpoles from little ponds around the riverside.

      Like you I would as time went on lower the water lever so that the tiny almost formed frogs could sit on a rock and breathe in the air. Soon after this I would return them to where they began.

      Thank you again Mary for a great trip down Memory Lane.

      Enjoy your day.


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      Pamela Oglesby 

      6 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Mary, this is such an interesting hub. I have never seen pollywogs turn into frogs before and I think this was really a great learning experience for your grandson. Your pictures are so detailed and the information perfect for anyone who wants to give this a try. Voted up and shared.

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      Connie Smith 

      6 years ago from Southern Tier New York State

      Hi Mary! I thoroughly enjoyed reading and remembering about pollywogs/tadpoles. We raised quite a few when I was a kid, my brothers and I.

      That frantic little froggy may just be looking for some dry land, even though he is still quite tiny.

      The mini bullfrogs around here are just now appearing. I have to remember to watch my step! They aren't much bigger than about 1/2", and struggling mightily with what must seem like a redwood forest to them, in reality it is a small patch of clover and mixed weeds and grass. But I guess that's how they strengthen their little legs.

      Thanks for the memory jog ;) Pearl

      Voted Up++++ and pinned

      By the way, it was nice to hear your voice!

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      Mary Craig 

      6 years ago from New York

      Thanks Bill. Being a city girl (growing up there anyway) I have so much to learn ;) Having grandchildren often prompts you to do things you might think twice about otherwise. Thanks for the vote, share and pin! Hope you enjoy your day too.

      Ah suhail, you made your comment fun to read. Yes, my little guys will make it to frogs, however, once I let them loose they are on their own and hopefully can jump and swim fast! So happy you wee absorbed and enjoyed. Thanks for stopping by to read.

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      Suhail Zubaid aka Clark Kent 

      6 years ago from Mississauga, ON


      Hats off to you Mary on the following thoughts:

      "As my husband was talking about draining it I noticed thousands, yes thousands, of pollywogs swimming around. Now I don't know about you but pollycide is not on my list! I couldn't bear the thought of killing all those little creatures, not to mention that I love frogs."

      Very well written and it was thoroughly absorbing article with your characteristic sense of humour lying underneath each passage. I liked the pictures and the two videos too.

      I do see tadpoles in many ponds during my summer hikes in southern Ontario and western New York. I always wondered how they metamorphed into frogs. Well, your article showed me just how.

      Admittedly, I know this for a fact that young adults raccoon do prey on tadpoles and baby frogs. So you are absolutely correct that there survival rate in the wild is extremely low. However, the tadpoles in your two containers must have fared much better due to an over-protective mom, who didn't head of for greener pastures after they were born lol.

      Voted up, awesome and interesting (because it kept me absorbed).

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      Bill De Giulio 

      6 years ago from Massachusetts

      Great Hub Mary. How fascinating to learn about pollywogs and how they grow into frogs. As a kid I grew up with a pond at the end of our street and we were always up there trying to catch frogs and watching the pollywogs. This really brought back some great memories. What a great thing for you and your grandson to do together. Vote up, shares and pinned. Have a wonderful day.

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      Mary Craig 

      6 years ago from New York

      innerspin, then cucumber it is! I'll try it and see.

      Michael I do try to visit your hubs as much as possible. I love the depth in your poems. I am so glad I could bring you good memories. Maybe there's a poem there ;)

      sheilamyers I'm thinking I must be a kid at heart since everyone raised pollywogs as a kid ;) It was really fun to watch them I must admit. The videos were an after thought but I thought it would show the little guys better.

      Faith, I too love His creatures big and small. So many amazing things to learn from them (and Him). I'm also very glad that my "project" was so interesting and you liked my photos and videos. Thank you for the votes and God bless my friend.

      Kathryn I look forward to the Wickham Pond hub as I always enjoy your walks but now there might be frogs so I'm even more excited ;) Thanks for reading and hope you finish out your week-end with fun!

      TT, yes, I think the success has to do with keeping the water fresh. Glad you enjoyed!

      Teaches, it definitely is exciting to watch. I can only imagine a classroom full of kids sharing the experience!

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      Dianna Mendez 

      6 years ago

      I remember doing this in one of my elementary classes. It was so interesting to watch them grow. A great science lesson for children isn't it? You have reminded me how exciting it is to watch nature.

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      Judy Specht 

      6 years ago from California

      Awesome! Bull Frogs do grow faster than other frogs. Congratulations on your success. Now I know why we were never successful raising the pollywogs we caught in the creek, not enough fresh water. Fun hub

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      6 years ago from Windsor, Connecticut

      What an adorable hub! I love frogs. I have never "grown" them myself, but there's a park that I have gone to many times that has tadpoles in once in a while. I have photos of them, and when I finish the Wickham Park hub I have casually been working on, you can see them.

      I love all of the information in this hub, as well as the photos and videos.

      I'm glad you didn't let them die!

      Thanks for sharing this with us, and have a wonderful day.

      ~ Kathryn

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      Faith Reaper 

      6 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Mary (till),

      You have brought me back to my childhood here, as we did this! I had forgotten all about doing such until I read your fascinating hub. We would just love to watch the transformation.

      Those are very interesting facts about pollywogs for sure.

      Love your photos and the videos are great and very interesting.

      Love your nature hubs, as all of His little creatures big and small are so very fascinating.

      Voted up ++++ and sharing

      God bless,

      Faith Reaper

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      6 years ago

      Awesome hub! I remember trying to raise a few when I was a kid but without much success. I'll have to keep an eye on my pond and if I see any pollywogs, I'll have to give it another try. I loved your videos!

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      6 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

      Mary .. thank you for visiting my hub.. and reading all my new poems .. I read this with great interest it took me back to my youth .. I used to go down to the river and catch frogs .. Wow.. what a trip .it was.

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      Kim Kennedy 

      6 years ago from uk

      I'm pretty sure the pollywogs ate cucumber. They will have a go at most things, there's so much competition for food. We put little bits of raw meat in sometimes, though you need to watch that it doesn't foul the water. Interesting little creatures.

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      Mary Craig 

      6 years ago from New York

      It was fascinating. Being a "city girl" I missed out on this as a kid. I went out every day to see how they were progressing, still do. Its exciting to see their tails just disappear!

      Thanks for the share WND.

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      6 years ago from Alabama

      How fascinating! I really learned a lot here. It must be so much fun to watch them grow.

      Sharing this.

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      Mary Craig 

      6 years ago from New York

      How great to have pollywogs so near at hand Mary. Raising them is certainly an entertaining experience! Thanks for the vote and share.

      Thanks Vellur. I tried to document each step of the way. Glad you enjoyed. I appreciate the vote.

      Innerspin, thanks for the info. I never tried to put my hand in the water and cucumbers? I'll have to try that. Did they eat it as pollywogs or frogs?

      Thanks Lastheart, I hope your friend can use the information here.

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      Maria Magdalena Ruiz O'Farrill 

      6 years ago from Borikén the great land of the valiant and noble Lord

      This is very interesting. I am bookmarking it for my friend, she is a science teacher and is always doing things like this one. Very informative also.

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      Kim Kennedy 

      6 years ago from uk

      This brought back fond memories. Raising tadpoles/pollywogs was something we enjoyed as children, and had fun with our sons watching them grow. If you put a finger into the water they will come and taste you. They liked a slice of cucumber if I remember rightly. Happy days!

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      Nithya Venkat 

      6 years ago from Dubai

      Great hub, useful and interesting. You have provided detailed and clear instructions on how to take care of Pollywogs. Great pictures. Voted up.

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      Mary Hyatt 

      6 years ago from Florida

      What a great experience to share with your grandson. We have a ditch right beside our property, and it almost always has pollywogs swimming around. My kids always loved to scoop them out and put them in a bucket and watch them grow! You really went to a lot of time and work on raising your pollywogs!

      Voted UP and shared.

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      Mary Craig 

      6 years ago from New York

      I know NornsMercy, and right now they're so darn little! Thanks for the votes.

      I'm beginning to think I'm the only one who didn't do this as a kid Mhatter!

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      Martin Kloess 

      6 years ago from San Francisco

      Boy, does this take me back. I did this wit Arlene when we were kids.

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      6 years ago from Charlotte, NC

      How cool! They're so cute. I don't think I'd be able to let them go! :) voted up and awesome!

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      Mary Craig 

      6 years ago from New York

      Vicki I think really young children, like my four year old grandson are interested and maybe some early elementary school children but I would hazard a guess that's it.

      My dear drbj so happy to raise your pollywog education to unheard of heights, what an accomplishment ;) I can only return your kind ribbits!

      Ah Joe, you always make my day no matter what day it is. I love to open up HP and find a comment from you! I honestly haven't gotten to the point where these teeny tiny frogs grow big enough to even see. I'm afraid to put them in the pond, but I lost another that jumped out of the tank so I think its time. Your pride in me makes the sun shine! Can't wait till you end your break. Aloha!

      ologsinquito how cool! Their odds of survival aren't great. I guess that's why they lay thousands of eggs. Glad you enjoyed my hub.

      CrisSp it was so much fun. I got so excited when I first started seeing their legs. I was like a two year old in a toy shop! Thanks so much for the votes and shares, really appreciated.

      Rose I really enjoyed my little journey. I had a friend years ago who was a third grade teacher and had a large pond on her property. Every year she brought pollywogs to the classroom to let the children watch them grow. The frogs were returned to the pond. So glad you enjoyed and very nice to see you here.

      So glad I could find something you hadn't heard of Nell! Your hubs are always so fascinating its about time I did one for you...hugs your way.

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      Nell Rose 

      6 years ago from England

      Well I have learned something new! lol! I have never heard the word Pollywogs before, who would have guessed? great post mary, and fascinating reading, pollywogs....well I never! haha!

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      rose-the planner 

      6 years ago from Toronto, Ontario-Canada

      This is really incredible! Your step by step tips, awesome images and interesting videos made this an outstanding article. I have to agree with Frank Atanacio, this would certainly be a great project for school children. Nature is so amazing! Thank you for sharing. (Voted Up) -Rose

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      6 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      This is fascinating! Very enjoyable read and watch. We have a pond in the backyard but never really thought of growing a tadpole. Must have been fun and exciting to watch them.

      Great article! Voting up, interesting, pinning and sharing.

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      6 years ago from USA

      We did successfully raise one pollywog and returned him (her???) to the wild. Two pollywogs didn't make it. Good article.

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      Hawaiian Odysseus 

      6 years ago from Southeast Washington state

      Yeah, Mary, awesome hub with terrific photos and videos to boot! Plus, I got to hear your voice! Very nice highlight for my Friday. I voted this up and then some; did the social media thing; and shared it with our HP community. Thanks for doing a dynamite job with this very interesting topic!

      So, at what point can little froggy be safely removed into the environment at large? The growth spurt from the time they're these tiny little frogs to when they're full grown bullfrogs must be tremendous

      I love how you're compassionately doing your part to conserve and promote nature. As a fellow Hubber, and mostly as a friend, I am so very proud of you and your efforts! Aloha, Mary!


      PS Soon to be back from my mini-break, I promise!

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      drbj and sherry 

      6 years ago from south Florida

      What a lovely pollywog baby mama, you are Mary. Loved this journal of those you personally raised. You have elevated my pollywog education to unheard of heights. Thank you. Ribbit, ribbit.

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      6 years ago

      Enjoyed this lovely, detailed Hub, Mary, and your interesting photos do a great job of enhancing it to the max! I wonder if children now are interested in projects such as this. The poor polliwogs are probably outshone by the wretched attraction of cellphones and other technology!

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      Mary Craig 

      6 years ago from New York

      Ah Bill, you've hit the nail on the head. I grew up in the city, no ponds, no frogs, maybe that's why I'm so enamored of them in my old age ;) So glad I could jog some childhood memories my friend. I'm not sure my kids would go for 100 million more of me :) Have a great weekend!

      I had a feeling that's where you were going is amazing just how many 'frogs' hatch each year, but more amazing is how many don't make it. Thanks for the angels and I'm sending them right back to you.

      Some people here call them tadpoles too Vinaya. I don't know why the two names, maybe that's another hub ;) Glad you enjoyed.

      Thank you Frank. Every time my grandson comes to visit he heads for the pollywog tank. Its really been fun for me. I appreciate the votes.

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      Frank Atanacio 

      6 years ago from Shelton

      You know Til, this will make an amazing adventure and activity for a group of young school children.. clever.. fun and exciting hot to hub voted useful and awesome :)

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      Vinaya Ghimire 

      6 years ago from Nepal


      We call it tadpoles. I have never considered raising frogs, however, I read your hub with great interest. Pictures and videos are nice.

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      Patricia Scott 

      6 years ago from sunny Florida

      Great photos and very informative.

      I have a pool in my back yard that is not functioning so I have an on going job keeping it pumped and all. It has rained so much this summer is it almost impossible to keep up with the task. You may have guessed where I am going with this...yeppie, hundreds of thousands of pollywogs many are hopping around as they have morphed.

      Thanks for sharing..

      Angels are on the way ps

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      Bill Holland 

      6 years ago from Olympia, WA

      We used to do this all the time as kids. I'm sure you did too. We loved to spend a Saturday afternoon at the neighborhood pond, collecting and then rushing home and setting up our inexact science experiment. I had forgotten all about it until this fine article. You brought back my childhood, Mary, and did it was style and class. :)

      Keep on saving the environment my friend. We need about 100 million more like you.



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