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Tadpoles and Frogs

Updated on September 19, 2014
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From Frog Eggs, to Tadpoles, To Frogs!

Would you like to learn a little more about tadpoles and frogs? Maybe you'd like to learn about the frog life cycle, how to care for tadpoles and frogs, the difference between frogs and toads, or how frogs breathe?

Twice, my son and I have enjoyed watching the frog life cycle unfold before our eyes. We recorded in photos and text our discoveries as we observed frog eggs hatch into tadpoles, and then tadpoles grow, change shape and metamorphosize into frogs. Later, we had the joy of observing our young frogs hopping around their terrarium, eating bugs, hiding in the moss in their terrarium, and climbing here and there on the various items we added to make their habitat more interesting for them.

On this page, in addition to showing you many of the photos we took, I've provided some tips we've learned about raising tadpoles and frogs. I've also shared additional factual information about tadpoles and frogs.

The frog image above & all other photos on this page (unless otherwise credited below), were taken by myself and are copyrighted.


Got Tadpoles?

Placing your tadpoles in clear chlorine-free water and NOT overfeeding them are the first steps to tadpole care.

PLEASE do not put your tadpoles in regular tap water without removing the chlorine first!!

For more about this, please see: "How to house frog eggs and tadpoles" (located farther down this page)

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Tadpole Metamorphosis - Look at how these tadpoles change!

These drawings show some of the changes that tadpoles go through on their way to becoming young frogs. Tadpoles start out with a head/abdomen and a tail. Next their back legs begin to grow. Front feet pop out next. Gradually their tail gets smaller and smaller until it's completely gone.



Do you have tadpoles or frogs at your house?

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Frog Eggs are the First Stage In The Frog Life Cycle - April 30: Day 1 of our Frog Life Cycle Project

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Frog eggs appear as tiny specks of black inside a jelly like substance.

A friend of ours has a pond in her backyard. She gathered up some of the frog eggs in her pond to share with the various members of our small homeschool group. We're studying the frog life cycle in our science curriculum, and what better way to learn than to observe the process first hand?!

The picture above is of our frog eggs resting in the bottom of a container of pond water. They resemble a chicken egg,(one that's been opened and poured into a bowl) in that they have a center part surrounded by an almost clear jelly-like substance. Frog eggs don't ever have a hard shell surrounding them though.

One difference between frog eggs and toad eggs is that frog eggs are in blobs or clumps, called frog sprawn, and toad eggs are in strings.


New hatched tadpoles
New hatched tadpoles | Source
Our Tadpoles on their first day of being tadpoles
Our Tadpoles on their first day of being tadpoles | Source

Our Frog Eggs Hatched Into Tiny Tadpoles! -

May 2: These tadpoles hatched overnight last night!

Tadpoles, or polliwogs as they are sometimes called, are the second stage in the frog life cycle.

These photos of our tadpoles on their first day of being tadpoles (just after they hatched from eggs) are enlarged so you can see them better. Each tadpole in this photo was actually smaller than a centimeter. Notice the clear covering over the tadpoles' tails.


Our Tadpoles are changing shape! - May 9: The tadpoles are now one week old.

Look at those eyes and how much the tadpoles have changed in just a week!
Look at those eyes and how much the tadpoles have changed in just a week! | Source

1 Week Old

Our tadpoles are a week old. Look how much they've changed! Their bodies are now rounder and their tails are skinnier. The clear substance surrounding their tails is barely visible now.

Although they have plenty of room to swim around, they spent most of their time facing the sides of the bowl until today. Their activity has definitely increased now.

The photograph above is enlarged, but you can now very clearly see the tadpoles' eyes even to the naked eye.


Growing hind legs is the next stage in the frog life cycle - May 25: Three of our tadpoles now have hind legs!

Now they've got hind legs!
Now they've got hind legs! | Source

When we woke up this morning, we noticed that three of our tadpoles had hind legs! You can see two of those tadpoles in the picture above. The tadpoles are just over three weeks old now.

A closeup of a leg and foot
A closeup of a leg and foot | Source

Here's a close-up of the leg and foot of the larger of the two tadpoles in the picture at the top of this section.

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Both of a tadpole's back legs appear at the same time.


Front legs come next in the Frog Life Cycle - June 1: One of our tadpoles got front legs today!

June 1: Front legs
June 1: Front legs | Source

He still has a really long tail, but is looking more and more like a young frog!



Same frog on June 2
Same frog on June 2 | Source

Next young froglets lose their tails.

Actually, it's not that their tails fall off. It's that they get shorter and shorter.

June 2: The same tadpole as in the picture above has now almost lost his tail. He's now a young froglet. When I went to bed last night, I noticed that he was hanging on the side of the container, out of the water except for his long tail which draped down into the water. I put him in a smaller container (leaving the other tadpoles in the larger container), lowered the water level in his new home (so he wouldn't drown), added a rock so he could rest on that instead, and put a cover over his home so that he couldn't jump out. This morning when I got up, he was still hanging onto the side of his container, and his tail was considerably shorter! It is amazing to me how much they change overnight!!

Notice the difference one day makes! The photo (above) shows the same froglet that's shown in the photo in the previous section, just one day later. Where did his tail go?!

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This was taken from the outside of his home, and shows his underside.
His tail just barely touches his water. It will probably be completely gone by
tomorrow or the day after that. You can see his rock in the background.







I think I can, I think I can....

I think I can, I think I can....
I think I can, I think I can.... | Source

How to house frog eggs and tadpoles

Planning in advance is essential for frog eggs and tadpoles!

Things you need to take care of:

  1. The water - no chlorine!
  2. The container or habitat
  3. The sun
  4. A flat rock once they grow back legs
  5. Some sort of cover for the container once they grow back legs


Tetra 16268 AquaSafe Water Conditioner with BioExtract, 8.45-Ounce
Tetra 16268 AquaSafe Water Conditioner with BioExtract, 8.45-Ounce

Some type of water conditioner is necessary to remove chlorine from tap water. Chlorine will kill tadpoles. This is the brand we use.

 

The Water

Chlorine will kill tadpoles within 30 minutes or so. You absolutely can not use regular tap water without first getting rid of the chlorine.

  1. One solution is to collect sufficient pond water for your frog eggs or tadpoles (and be prepared to go back for more later).
  2. Another option is to use tap water which has been set out for at least 5 to 7 days (in the sunlight, if possible) to allow the chlorine to evaporate.
  3. A third option is to purchase de-chlorinating drops at a pet store. Read the directions on the bottle to find out how much to add, based on the amount of water you are using. Then, after adding the drops, wait until the following day before using the water to ensure that all the chlorine is gone.


My suggestion: Don't be in a hurry to get your tadpoles out of the pond water you collected them in. When you first bring your tadpoles home, keep them in the same pond water you collected them in until you can dechlorinate your tap water either by letting it set out for several days or by using dechlorinating drops.

Can you see the tadpoles all along the edge of the container? At this point in their development, they don't move around much.
Can you see the tadpoles all along the edge of the container? At this point in their development, they don't move around much.
Zilla 01313 10-Gallon Basic Tropical Kit, 10-Inch by 20-Inch by 12-Inch
Zilla 01313 10-Gallon Basic Tropical Kit, 10-Inch by 20-Inch by 12-Inch

This terrarium comes with several things you'll need once the tadpoles become frogs. It has terrarium carpet and a heater to keep the frogs warm. There's also a cover and a temperature/humidity gauge.

 

The Container / Habitat / Terrarium


Although you can't tell it in the picture, this is one of those larger rectangular sizes of food storage containers. It will work fine for now.

A large jar, plastic container, fish bowl, or aquarium will work fine for the initial days of raising frog eggs and tadpoles inside. Around the time their front legs appear, a flatter container (or an aquarium or terrarium with only a few inches of water in it) will work better so that you can add a rock that has a relatively flat top surface that rises above the water.

If you plan on keeping your frogs once they've become frogs, an aquarium or terrarium will become necessary. They need a heater over or under part of their terrarium, as well as a section of their habitat that's not heated.

Many people also raise tadpoles outside in kiddie pools, ponds, garden fountains, etc. A friend of mine has wild frogs lay eggs in her small kiddie pool every year, although she does nothing to encourage this other than not empty the pool each spring!


Tadpoles need a little sunshine to be healthy
Tadpoles need a little sunshine to be healthy | Source

The Sun

Although too much sun is not good for tadpoles, they do need a little sunlight each day in order to make vitamin D. Tadpoles that don't receive any sunlight may not develop into frogs. Please be careful in supplying this sun so that you don't overheat the tadpoles or their water!!

The Rock

As the tadpoles grow, and gain both back legs and front legs, you'll need to add a rock for them to hop on to get out of the water. Otherwise, they may drown when they suddenly reach the stage where they need to breath air! (It may happen sooner than you think, too! They don't have to have completely lost all of their tail before reaching the state where they breath with lungs.) It's best if the rock provides a gradual slope for the young froglets to climb out on. Also, once they are able to hop up on the rock, you'll need some sort of lid or they'll hop right out!

If you are raising the frogs outside, simply make sure they can easily access the land when they reach the stage where they need to get out of the water.

Tadpoles Eating Goldfish Flakes. May 11 - The Tadpoles Are Just Over A Week Old.
Tadpoles Eating Goldfish Flakes. May 11 - The Tadpoles Are Just Over A Week Old. | Source
Tetra 77127 TetraFin Goldfish Flakes, 2.20-Ounce, 375 ml
Tetra 77127 TetraFin Goldfish Flakes, 2.20-Ounce, 375 ml

We've tried different types of fish food, and this is the one our tadpoles seem to prefer.

 

What to feed tadpoles - Goldfish Food or boiled Lettuce

Frog eggs don't need anything from you in order to thrive, except for clean, chlorine-free water, and pleasant room temperatures.


Once the frog eggs hatch into tadpoles, you can feed them goldfish flakes. Shown here are two of our tadpoles chowing down on a goldfish flake!

Our tadpoles are also enjoying goldfish granules that sink to the bottom of the bowl, and algae nuggets, all three of which are available in the fish supplies section of many pet stores, as well as on this site.

Another option is to boil lettuce for 10 to 15 minutes. Drain the water off, chop the lettuce up a little, and freeze it in ice cube trays or ziplock bags. Freezing it softens the lettuce to where they can more easily eat it.

Don't overfeed them or their water will get cloudy.

Blue Ribbon Pet Products ABLEC3 Easy Catch Fish Net, 3-Inch
Blue Ribbon Pet Products ABLEC3 Easy Catch Fish Net, 3-Inch

A net is very useful for moving the tadpoles from one container to another during water changes!

 

Changing the water in your tadpoles habitat.

Nets are helpful for scooping tadpoles out of ponds, as well as for moving the tadpoles into another contanier when it's time to change their water.

Your tadpoles' water will likely need to be changed every so often. The frequency of water changes depends upon how many tadpoles you are caring for, as well as if you are over-feeding them (as that quickly clouds the water).

To change their water, prepare another container with room temperature chlorine-free water. (We keep some extra prepared water on hand at all times while raising tadpoles. Just put water in a large bowl, add the water conditioner drops to it, and keep it nearby for use whenever you need it.) Then use a net or spoon to gently scoop the tadpoles up and transfer them to the new container. Do the process quickly, so that they are not out of water very long. Lower the net down into the water, invert it some if necessary, and allow the tadpole to swim out on his own. Be very careful while adding the tadpoles back into water as you don't want any tiny feet to get stuck in the net!

If the container you have just added your tadpoles to is large enough to be their new home, wash the other container and store it for the next time you need to change their water (or fill it up with chlorine-free water for later use). If you have only added the tadpoles to a temporary container while changing the water, rinse out and dry their home, then very, very carefully and gently pour the tadpoles and water back into it. (Or use the net again to transfer the tadpoles back, making sure to use room temperature de-chlorinated water.)

Our Frog's New Home

Here's how we set up our frog terrarium.

Yesterday afternoon (June 2), we set up our terrarium and then placed our new froglet, along with his plastic container home, into one side of the terrarium. That way he could climb out of his previous home and into his new home in the terrarium whenever he felt the time was right. Here's how it looked.

Our frogs' terrarium
Our frogs' terrarium | Source



In this photo, our tiny new froglet is resting on the side of his former home
- the container with a rock and water in it. Do you see him? He's the tiny tanish dot on the side of the plastic container, right next to the tan hut. He's not yet left the safety of his previous home in order to explore his new terrarium.

On the floor of our terrarium is astroturf carpet which we purchased as "reptile carpeting" at the pet store. We added small plastic plants and also a large rock and plant aquarium decoration, in order to give our tree frog something interesting to climb on. We put in a plastic dish of water which is shaped somewhat like a rock in the middle of the terrarium. Also covering the middle section of the terrarium is moss, which most frogs love as it retains moisture and increases the humidity in their home. One one side of the terrarium is a little plastic hut which will serve as a cave for our frog to hide in if he desires.

Underneath one side of the terrarium is a heating element. This provides a little warmth for our cold-blooded frog. He can choose to be over the heated section, or the non-heated section, depending upon what he needs at that moment. The heating element came in a "tree frog kit" that we purchased at the pet store.

Should I stay, or should I go?

Should I stay, or should I go?
Should I stay, or should I go? | Source

Once your tadpoles become frogs, they'll need live bugs to eat. This youtube has some awesome tips on catching bug

The first section shows shots of a particular frog. The hints on catching bugs come after that.

Video showing how to catch bugs for your frogs

Flightless Fruit Flies

Flightless fruitflies are an excellent food for your tiny froglets. Each culture should continue reproducing fruit flies for a month or so.


If you find you aren't able to collect enough bugs for your frogs to eat using the methods above, or if you'd just prefer a simpler way to supply your frogs with bugs, pinhead crickets or flightless fruit flies are enjoyed by most young froglets and can be purchased. You may be able to find flightless fruit flies or pinhead crickets at your local pet store, but not all pet stores carry them. You can also purchase flightless or wingless fruit flies or pinhead crickets online. Flightless or wingless fruit flies are much easier to deal with then regular fruit flies you catch outside....especially if you have a terrarium inside and would prefer not to have fruit flies flying all around your house!

Each container of fruit flies will continue producing more fruit flies for a month or more, as long as you keep at least a few adults in the container. You only need to shake a few fruit flies (per frog) into your frog's habitat every day or so, depending upon how quickly they get eaten.

Another method of catching bugs for your frogs!

Yesterday I was visiting a friend who explained to me her method for collecting a large number of fruit flies to feed her praying mantis. She sets a plastic container of fruit scrapes outside, which of course attracts fruit flies. When it has fruit flies buzzing all around it, she puts her butterfly net over the container and shakes the container just a little bit. The fruit flies fly to the inside of the top of the net. Next she puts a hand near the bottom of the net, squeezing it closed. Gradually she moves her hand up the net, so that any fruit flies which have not already flown to the top of the net do so. When her hand is near the top, she carries the net (with her hand still around the net keeping the fruit flies in the very tip of the net) over to her tank. She takes the lid off the tank and slightly inverts the net into the tank, causing the fruit flies to fly into the tank. Then she quickly closes the tank. She is able to get a large number of fruit flies at one time in this way!

P.S. My friend said that she found it easier to remove the handle on the butterfly net when using it for this purpose. The handle just got in the way.

Thanks for the tip, Randi! :-)

Humidity in your frog habitat

Humidity is good for frogs!

Frogs like humidity. In fact, they can die if their skin dries out too much. Therefore, unless you have a waterfall feature in your terrarium that sprays a fine mist into the air, it's a good idea to spray your terrarium and frog with chlorine-free water every morning. Spray the plants, the moss, the walls...everything!

Keep your frogs moist
Keep your frogs moist | Source



June 4: This little fellow hatched from an egg, into a tadpole, 33 days ago,
and left the water as a frog two days ago. He's just over a centimeter big
when his legs are pulled in close to him.

Our terrarium often has water droplets on the glass, and although it makes visibility for us a bit harder, it's good for the frog. When we want a good view of our frog, we can just lift off the lid.

Books About Tadpoles And Frogs - Want to learn more about Tadpoles and Frogs?

From Tadpole to Frog (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science 1)
From Tadpole to Frog (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science 1)

What an adorable book for preschoolers and early elementary aged kids! As you might guess from the title, this book teaches kids about the frog life cycle. I love the illustrations!

 
Tadpoles and Frogs (Beginners Nature, Level 1)
Tadpoles and Frogs (Beginners Nature, Level 1)

This is an Usborne book for young children. Like most Usborne books, it's full of beautiful information and interesting text!

 
Tadpole's Promise (Bccb Blue Ribbon Picture Book Awards (Awards))
Tadpole's Promise (Bccb Blue Ribbon Picture Book Awards (Awards))

Here's another book about the frog life cycle for young children. Although most children LOVE the book, I do want to let you know that in the end, the butterfly gets eaten by the frog. Most children aren't disturbed by this, but if you think your child might be, I'd recommend a different book instead.

 
Frogs and Toads and Tadpoles, Too! (Rookie Read-About Science)
Frogs and Toads and Tadpoles, Too! (Rookie Read-About Science)

This book is full of photographs and very basic text to introduce young children to tadpoles, frogs, and toads!

 
From Tadpole to Frog (Lifecycles)
From Tadpole to Frog (Lifecycles)

This is a nice book on the frog lifecycle!

 

Whether you have tadpoles now, or have had them in the past, have you raised them more than once?

How many times have you raised tadpoles and frogs?

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Books on Tadpole and Frog Care

Tadpole Care (Quick & Easy)
Tadpole Care (Quick & Easy)

This book has some valuable information on selecting a habitat, feeding tadpoles, diseases and disorders, and more.

 
Frogs and Toads: An Owner's Guide to a Happy Healthy Pet
Frogs and Toads: An Owner's Guide to a Happy Healthy Pet

This book provides information about different types of frogs and toads.

 

June 11: There are now 5 little frogs in our terrarium. They enjoy being either in high places or under the cool moist moss.

Some frogs love high places, like this one!
Some frogs love high places, like this one! | Source

June 26: We now have 7 little frogs. They're eating tiny crickets, fightless fruitflies, and a few bugs we catch outside.

Maybe he thinks he's a flower?
Maybe he thinks he's a flower? | Source

How quickly will my tadpoles become frogs? - Not all tadpoles develop at the same rate

As you can see from the dates and photos on this page, not all tadpoles develop at the same rate. Although they were all eggs at the same time, their development varied quite a bit. It took some of our tadpoles several weeks longer to become frogs. Our quickest tadpole made the change - from newly hatched tadpole to ready-to-leave-the-water frog in almost exactly 1 month....but some of the other frogs from the same group took weeks longer.

Our first group of tadpoles - the ones you've been looking at on this page - were treefrogs. Most of them developed into frogs rather quickly. Another year we were given some bullfrog tadpoles. They took FOREVER to turn into frogs!!!

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How do tadpoles and frogs breath?

Tadpoles start off by breathing underwater through gills as well as through their skin. As they metamorph into frogs, most develop lungs for breathing and lose their gills. Interestingly, frogs breath with their mouths closed! Movements in their throat pull air into their lungs through their nostrils. Contractions of their bodies allows them to breath out. Like tadpoles, adult frogs can breath through their skin as well.


Frog Skeleton

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Classification of Frogs and Toads

Frogs and toads are amphibians.

Frogs and toads are in the kingdom Animalia, the phylum Chordata, the class Amphibia and the order Anura.

The class "Amphibia" refers to amphibians. Amphibians means "double life" in the Greek language, because most amphibians live part of their lives on land and part in water. Amphibians are cold blooded and have a backbone. They differ from reptiles in that they don't have scales and most lay their eggs in water. Salamanders, newts and caecilians (worm like animals) are also in the Amphibia class.



What's the difference between frogs and toads?


Don't forget to make your guess about which one is a frog, and which one is a toad before you get to the answer at the bottom!

There are several differences in the bodies of frogs and toads.

Frogs have long webbed hind feet which are good for swimming and leaping.
Toads have short hind legs, which are better suited for walking than hopping.

Frogs like to live around water.
Toads like to live in drier areas.

Frogs have slimy or smooth skin.
Toads have dry skin with warts.

Frogs have a narrower body than toads.

Frogs' eyes stick out more from their bodies than toads' eyes do.

A group of frogs is called an army.
A group of toads is called a knot.

So what do you think? Which one is a frog and which one is a toad?

Have you guessed which one is which?

Toad Image credit: Coneheadthebarbarian
Frog Image Credit: Wikipedia Public Domain


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The image on the right is a

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Answer

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So what's the answer! Which one is a frog and which one is a toad?

ANSWER: The image on the left is a frog and the one on the right is a toad.

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      FatLossDiva 4 years ago

      @FatLossDiva: Ah, yes. Just as well I didn't get that frog then. :)

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      JanieceTobey 4 years ago

      @FatLossDiva: Tadpoles can eat goldfish flakes and boiled lettuce - not frogs. Frogs need live bugs. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment!

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      FatLossDiva 4 years ago

      Such an interesting lens. I had no idea frogs could eat goldfish flakes and boiled frozen lettuce, I almost bought a frog once, but didn't as I was told I'd have to feed it grasshoppers. No way could I do that.

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      GetPregnantFAQ LM 4 years ago

      Cool stuff, my science-minded kids loved this.

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      SpenceG 5 years ago

      Wow. Great lens. Never gave the difference between frogs and toads a thought.

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      sibian 5 years ago

      What a great idea for a pet for my little boy. Looking forward to the lens.

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      Wanda Fitzgerald 5 years ago from Central Florida

      This looks like a wonderful experience for kids. I see them outside all the time but I'll bet my grandsons would love having a project in the house. Great read & love that you recorded it all in pictures.

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      happynutritionist 5 years ago

      Wow what a page! I use to keep tadpoles until they were frogs and then let them go when I was a young girl. *blessed*

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      Lori Green 5 years ago from Las Vegas

      Excellent lens! I have raised many frogs. My parent's still tease me about the frog that got out in their house when I was younger and we never found it.

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      thingz1 5 years ago

      Wow, great info and brings back memories. I remember having tadpoles in first grade classroom. And my brother loved collecting frogs.

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      BestRatedStuff 5 years ago

      When we were kids we used to go hunting for tadpoles and brought them back home to watch them grow. I seem to remember doing this successfully a number of times, but have no recollection of what happened to them once they grew up. I think we let them go (at least I hope so), as my mother would never have tolerated us doing anything cruel or neglecting them.

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      Ben Reed 5 years ago

      Frogs and tadpoles are such fascinating little creatures. We are often visited by them every year in our garden pond, then just as suddenly they disappear - except for a handful that seem to hang around the damp and shaded parts of the garden. Always a thrill to see than now and then.

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      Loraine Brummer 5 years ago from Hartington, Nebraska

      You have the answer. This lens answers one of the top searched questions on Google in 2011, therefore it is featured on my new lens "Squidoo Answers Googles Top Most Asked Questions in 2011."

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      SadSquid 5 years ago

      Really nice site. Your son is very lucky, I was fascinated with frogs and tadpoles when I was a child but my parents wouldn't let me keep them in the house, so I had little jars with tadpoles, hidden in various corners :)

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      craftycrow 5 years ago

      I like frogs. Right now the frogs are singing in my little pond outside. Thanks so much for a beautiful resource. Linda

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      martinepb 5 years ago

      i like the carton pictures of these frogs :)

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      mel-kav 5 years ago

      Great lens!

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      intermarks 5 years ago

      Wonderful lens. My kids love tadpoles really much.

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      cheech1981 5 years ago

      haven't even thought about tadpoles in forever but gives me memories of catching them in the creek as a kid

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      kAAtya 5 years ago

      Great and informative lens!

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      Clairissa 5 years ago from OREFIELD, PA

      What a wonderful lens about frogs. We have frogs in our pond and every year some of the tadpoles survive and we have more frogs. At night the frogs hop out of the pond and hop on over and take a dip in our pool. It is funny to see them swimming around. Unfortunately, the young ones can't get out and will die if we are unable to rescue them in the morning. However, the big ones just hop right out when they are finished with their night swim and go home, back to the pond.

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      Missmerfaery444 5 years ago

      Excellent resource on tadpoles and frogs! We've been visiting the pond in our road almost every day to spot the tadpoles.

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      getmoreinfo 5 years ago

      This is a great lens I like the information and will be coming back to read more of your work.

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      dahlia369 5 years ago

      Very informative and visually appealing, thank you!! :)

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      ndAirborneMedic1 5 years ago

      Great Lens!! So much info, and great pics and illustrations! Very nice! Oh,...and Michigan Frog rules!!

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      ferginarg lm 5 years ago

      I want my own army of frogs! Cool lens, thanks, I enjoyed reading, it's something I want to do with my child as when I was a kid I use to raise tadpoles a lot.

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      NatureLuver 5 years ago

      Was fascinated by them as a child, and still am.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Wow, learned more about frogs and raising them than I knew. It was like watching the discovery channel. *blessed by a squid angel*

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      allenwebstarme 5 years ago

      Well presented frog details. What a wonderful lens.

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      thatsocool 5 years ago

      Super lens. I like frogs :)

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      SunnyDaze LM 5 years ago

      Everything you ever wanted to know about frogs and more....Nice job, blessed by a Squid Angel.

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      zvous 5 years ago

      Very informative lens, thanks :)

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      Peggy Hazelwood 5 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      Great lesson in the journey from tadpole to frog. Little frogs are so cute!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Okay..where were you when I was doing reports in school? Seriously, very informative site about the changes involved from going from a tadpole to a frog!

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      renagirl 5 years ago

      Awesome lens! I just love tadpoles and frogs.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Brilliantly done! I used to watch tadpoles grow, back when I was a kid!

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      Katie Harp 5 years ago

      blessed by a squid angel :) <3

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      Wednesday-Elf 5 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      Wonderfully documented life cycle of tadpoles and frogs! Bet your son really enjoyed this learning experience.

      When I was small we had a decorative pond in our back yard ... and a small stream along the road in front of our house. My brother & I used to catch the tadpoles in the stream with a net and transfer them to the lily pond where we could watch them turn into frogs. We were perhaps 6 & 7 at the time and I've never forgotten it.

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      Terrie_Schultz 5 years ago

      Awesome lens! I just love tadpoles and frogs. We have a little pond in the garden and we get some every spring.

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      MelonyVaughan 5 years ago

      Great lens! You did a great job with the step-by-step descriptions and photos. Very well done!

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      burntchestnut 5 years ago

      You did a great job documenting your tadpoles' growth and your photos are good, too.

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      JohnMichael2 5 years ago

      Thanks for the informative lens.

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      savenlives 5 years ago

      awesome lens. It has been a while since i raised tadpoles but I think after reading this I will give it a go again. It was so much fun watching them transform into frogs!

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      Barbara Tremblay Cipak 5 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      well this is quite interesting..educational for kids especially!

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      traveller27 5 years ago

      Well done! Blessed by a travelling angel.

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      lyttlehalfpint 5 years ago from Canada

      Excellent resources and well written. Full of information and not at all cluttered. Congrats on the purple star, totally deserving!

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      Tony Payne 5 years ago from Southampton, UK

      What an excellent resource, wonderful information. We used to have frogs and toads in our garden, but none where we live now unfortunately. Very nicely done, blessed.

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      transcriptioncity 5 years ago

      Love the lens! I had a pet frog that lived in our pond in the garden when I was a kid!

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      Frankie Kangas 5 years ago from California

      Another excellent lens. We have a small pond (sunken black plastic) in the front yard of our new home. We were going to remove it, however, after we were here a few months we noticed tadpoles in the pond. We HAD to keep it then. It was so much fun to watch them change into frogs. I'm starting to watch for them now again as I can't remember exactly what month it was last year when we saw them. Anyway, your lens helps me better understand the process and how they breath, etc. Thanks so much. Blessed. Bear hugs, Frankster

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      Delia 5 years ago

      Very cute lens ans lots of information...I love frogs and toads and at one time as a youngster had two tadpoles, thinking they were minnows fish, unfortunately I did not know what to feed tadpoles.... so they did not last long.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Returning to this tadpole and frog teaching excellence with a fresh angel blessing...I sure love your guestbook show man!

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      seegreen 5 years ago

      We kept caterpillars once and watched them turn into butterflys, but I'd never thought of doing the same with frogs! Great page!

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      pawpaw911 5 years ago

      Very cool lens. Nicely done.

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      lilymom24 5 years ago

      This is a great resource for children. We have not kept tadpoles or frogs but we do see them around the yard from time to time. The kids love them.

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      Anthony Godinho 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I'm surprised I missed this wonderful and informative lens on the metamorphosis of tadpoles. Very well done as always...blessings! :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      HELP!!!! Who can tell me how the tadople with hind legs swim? With tails, or hind leg, or both? And how to swim when it has 4 legs but with shorten tail? Many thanks.

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      Evelyn Saenz 5 years ago from Royalton

      Excellent lens!

      Blessed by the Squid Angel Frog:)

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      Rhonda Albom 6 years ago from New Zealand

      We have raised tadpoles to frogs a few times.

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      Paul 6 years ago from Montreal

      Well done lens, blessed!

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      JanieceTobey 6 years ago

      @JanieceTobey: I hope I've answered all your questions! If not, or if you have any more, please feel free to write again!! Good luck, and have fun with them!

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      JanieceTobey 6 years ago

      @JanieceTobey: You'll need a lid for your terrarium or whatever kind of container you put the frogs in (once they are frogs.). They'll need a source of water too...but mostly land (unless your type of frog has different needs). Put the bugs, still alive, into the terrarium and the frogs will eat as much as they want. To the best of my knowledge, it's not like feeding goldfish where you can easily kill them by overfeeding. If the frogs are very tiny, as ours were, you'll need super, super tiny bugs, like fruit flies. You can put a trap out to catch fruit flies outside, but they'll likely get into your house some too.. (We tried that ourselves!) Therefore, the fruit flies that you buy at some select petstores (call ahead to see if they have them) or online are much easier to deal with. They can't fly.. I wouldn't hold the frogs a lot if I were you. I don't think it's good for them. Oh, they do need to be very gently misted (you can just spray mist into their habitat with an inexpensive plant mister.), as staying moist is important for a frog!

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      JanieceTobey 6 years ago

      @JanieceTobey: They need to eat live bugs, once they turn into frogs and live on land. There is a section on my this page about how to get live bugs for them. Basically, you can try to catch them, or you can buy some at a petstore or online. We did some of both. It's harder than you'd think to catch bugs though! Watch the youtube on this page about that, if you'd like some suggestions.

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      JanieceTobey 6 years ago

      @anonymous: Hi Isabell, I'm glad you wrote back. I'm not an expert on frogs, really. The frogs we had were tree frogs, so it sounds like yours are something else. With our tree frogs, (and I think with most other types of frogs too), they can turn into full frogs that need to breath air overnight! The most important thing you can do is to make sure there is a rock in their water, so that they can crawl out of the water and breathe air. Otherwise they may die, even in a very short period of time. The other thing you need to do is cover the top with something (I used a grate with small slots for the air to come in) to cover ours. Otherwise you may come into the room and find that one has escaped! It's happened to us more than once! (It sneaks up on you quickly, as they just grow so rapidly!)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @JanieceTobey: Thak you for writig back!

      I currenty have tadpoles and 3 frogs with all four feet but still tails, im pretty certin they are brown tree frogs,

      I started off with 25 eggs and stll have 25:) this is my first time at growing tadpoles so i think im doing pretty well.

      I really don't know that much about frogs, but they don't have a light, heater and have never used that water conditioner stuff either.

      But now i almost have frogs is there stuff i need?

      What do they eat?

      How much do i feed them?

      Can i pick them up?

      Do i need to separate the tads and frogs?

      Sorry for all thecquestions!:p

      im short on funds so any ideas as to stuff i can make at home would be great!!!

      Thank you so much!!!

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      JanieceTobey 6 years ago

      @JanieceTobey: There's also a "contact" button for emailing me located right under my photo on this page: http://hubpages.com/@janiecetobey Feel free to email me at either one, or just write back in the guestbook!

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      JanieceTobey 6 years ago

      @anonymous: Hi Isabell! You are welcome to ask your questions here in the guestbook, or you can email me directly at the "contact me" link that's in the section entitled, "Want To Read More?" that's right under this guestbook.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Thanks this really helpedme!

      i have a few questions, do you have a place where i could ask them or do i just ask on here?:)

      thanks

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 6 years ago from Ljubljana

      Beautiful lens, just perfect for school project. Thanks!

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      jackieb99 6 years ago

      I love frogs!

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      Donnette Davis 6 years ago from South Africa

      seriously comprehensive page - thank you!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I love frogs so I had to take a look at this lens. Great job on the lens, and I for sure learned a thing or two about tadpoles (we call them peeweeps or peepers here because of the sounds they make at night.)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      My 6yr old son discovered tadpoles in our dogs big water container out in the yard.So we found this site and now he's all excited and wants to raise the tadpoles.Thanks for the great info you've provided!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Very informative

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      thanks 4 the information

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Thank you for this! The kiddos and I just collected frog eggs from a pond to observe for our homeschool science class. This has answered many of the questions that I had.

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      asteria 6 years ago

      informative piece, i used to play with frogs when I was little

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      Barb McCoy 6 years ago

      Love this lens. Adding to my favorites, lensrolling to my spring nature study lenses and leaving a special blessing today.

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      Jimmie Lanley 6 years ago from Memphis, TN, USA

      I found your lens (again) while doing the Mardi Gras Quest. Yours fits the lens with a pic of something green.

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      Francis Luxford 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      I love frogs. I greatly enjoyed this lens.

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      Evelyn Saenz 6 years ago from Royalton

      Just hopped over to Bless this Frog Lens!

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      hayleylou lm 6 years ago

      My sons and I really enjoyed our visit here, great pics :)

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      LouisaDembul 6 years ago

      This was an excellent lens with very good pictures and information! REally. You inspired me!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Way cool! Once when we were young, my sister and cousin decided we would raise tadpole. As it turned out we started to notice a lot of mosquitoes in the house, lol! Very well done, once again!

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      littlelu lm 6 years ago

      Wonderful page! I loved seeing the transformation from tadpole to frog.

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      Evelyn Saenz 6 years ago from Royalton

      Raising frogs from tadpole to frog can be a wonderful learning experience. Thank you for going into such detail. Maybe next spring we will keep one or two tadpoles a bit longer now that I know how to feed them. We usually place all tadpole back into the vernal pool where we found their eggs as soon as they hatch.

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      JanieceTobey 6 years ago

      @anonymous: Thanks for asking!! I'll send you a private email later today! :-)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I am creating a Webquest for my college class that will be up on the web. I was wondering if I could use some of your awesome pictures of tadpoles and frogs in my Webquest? I would give you credit for your work on each picture. This is a great site!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @JanieceTobey: yes they are and your welcome

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      JanieceTobey 6 years ago

      @anonymous: Aren't they fun to watch?! :-) I'm glad your frogs have done well! Thanks so much for stopping back by to let us know!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @JanieceTobey: thank you i was just woundering if that would be ok for the terriarium but i already have it set up i used gravel and a pond with a hide (with chlorine free water) and there not tadpoles anymore the ended up being tree frogs and i feed them pinhead crickets ive had them for almost a month now and they are all doing good!

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      ShamanicShift 6 years ago

      Wonderfully amazing--the frogs AND the lens.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      i am going to raise a frog

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      sheriangell 6 years ago

      Wonderful, informative lens. I will have to have my oldest daughter visit here, she would love it. Lensrolled to Red Eye Tree Frog Facts and Blessed by a Squid Angel today.

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      oneskms 6 years ago

      Very informative with some great pictures

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      JanieceTobey 6 years ago

      @anonymous: Baby toads need live bugs to eat. If they are very tiny toads, they need VERY tiny bugs. Wingless fruit flies are one idea. You can order some online (see the link above) or possibly buy them at your local pet store. (Some pet stores carry them.) Tiny pinhead crickets may work too, if the toads are big enough to eat them. Our baby frogs were not big enough for even the pinhead crickets at first, but the fruitflies were perfect. Your toads are also going to need plenty of land to hop around on. Please make sure their water is chlorine free too. Good luck, and have fun!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      hi i was wondering if i just put grass in an aquarium with a rock and a pond if that would be ok for baby toads? witch i have raised from tadpoles

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      Carol Fisher 6 years ago from Warminster, Wiltshire, UK

      What a great page for teaching children about the way tadpoles change into frogs. Excellent. Blessed by an Angel.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      What kind of frogs dd you grow? I think I have the same!