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Tadpoles are small creatures who live in the water and grow into frogs or toads. The word tadpole comes from the English word tad for “toad,” and poll for “head.”

Within three weeks of the female frog laying her eggs they hatch and the tiny tadpoles break free.

It’s fascinating to watch tadpoles grow into frogs and collecting your tadpoles from the wild has conservation benefits including:

  • with the right care, tadpoles will survive better in captivity with and won’t be subject to weather or falling prey to other animals. More of the captive tadpoles will reach maturity compared to those in the wild
  • tadpole care gives us a better understanding of the wonder of nature
  • it’s a great way to learn about nature and the environment

Where do you find Tadpoles?

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You can find tadpoles in streams, ponds or lakes. You should never buy them as they may not be native to your area. Sometimes frogs will lay eggs in swimming pools, or a even in a bird bath!

It’s important when choosing your tadpoles to make sure they are native to your local area.

Tadpole Eggs

If you are thinking about raising tadpoles from eggs, there are a few things to consider.

You need to think about the equipment you will use with growing tadpoles in mind. They may be small at first but they will grow quickly!

Research has shown that eggs will die if they are in a small body of water and moving them may harm them, so it’s best to put them right into container ready for their life as tadpoles.

Before deciding to raise tadpoles, you need to know local laws regarding the collection of wildlife. You will also need to make sure that they are native to your area.

Frogs

Frogs are amphibians who can live in the water and on land.  Amphibians have been around for about 350 million years.  The earliest known frog appearing around 190 million years ago!

Frogs will undergo metamorphosis three times during their life cycle: eggs, larvae, and adulthood.

 

A frog’s skin absorbs toxins making them good bio-indicators, which can help scientists learn about the environment.

If an area has a strong frog population it means the environment is healthy.  If the frog population is declining it shows that there is something wrong.

A Healthy Frog Population

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In some parts of the world where droughts are becoming more common the rescue of tadpoles is very important to ensure a healthy frog population.

Frogs are easily susceptible to diseases and exotic frogs can carry pathogens and diseases that could be spread to the native frog population.

It is believed that the chytrid fungus, which is now affecting amphibian populations worldwide, was first spread through the global medical trade of African Clawed frogs

Tadpoles as pets

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Tadpoles are great pets for young children because they offer more interaction than say for example, a goldfish.

They are a fun and interesting pet for children and students who want to know more about biology and amphibians.

You can be witness to the wonder of nature and watch your tadpoles turn into frogs right before your eyes!

Many parents and biology teachers view tadpoles as a perfect pet for young students because it’s not just fun, but educational too!

 

Helpful links:

Make a Home for Wildlife

Sources:

National Geographic

Center for Global Environmental Education

 

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