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  1. dmarcus

    dmarcus Active Member 5 Year Member

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    Inspired by our friend in the photo below my wife has decided she wants to raise a few frogs from tadpoles and although we have read up on how to do this first had knowledge from someone who has done it is always better. So if someone can tell me how they raised frogs from tadpoles will be very appriciated and helpful.

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    This one still lives in our back yard, he moved out of the brick and into a hide that Tejas refused to go into and we enjoy that it has decided to stay..

    Thanks for any help

    Dmarcus
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    I am not a expert. But, I don't think it takes alot of effort to raise tad poles into frogs. Just make sure that they have water and maybe put a net over the water to keep predators out.
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    Make sure they are fed well otherwise they will cannibalize each other! My nephew had one of those little kits where you send away for the tadpoles. He got a little lackadaisical on the feeding and before you knew it 10 tadpoles turned into 3 VERY fat tadpoles!!
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    The picture you have there is actually a toad I believe, not a frog. Not sure what kind though...
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    Tom The Dog Trainer 5 Year Member Platinum Tortoise Club

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    Some species are carnivores. Fish food flakes work well for those. Other species are herbivores and scrape up algae off of rocks. For those species algae covered rocks from a pond or safe stream work best, but you can also try those algae discs from Wardley or Hikari for feeding plecos. When you start to see some legs developing, provide a "beach" of some sort so they can get out of the water when they are ready.

    Do you know which species you are getting? If its the kind that comes in with the feeder goldfish, those are usually Rana catesbeiana.

    I always started them in a 10 gallon tank with some sort of small filter.
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    I did this a lot when I was a little kid, but that was like 40 years ago and my mom always helped. All I really remember was her buying those fairy shrimp to feed them and that they would turn into frogs and escape. I loved watching them change and I loved catching tadpoles.
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    dmarcus Active Member 5 Year Member

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    Sorry I tend to label toads and frogs together when I talk about them and I do know the difference. Guess it's like calling a tortoise a turtle... "sorry"..

    We are getting a combination of Bullfrog, Southern Leopard and Tree frog but not sure which type of tree frog.
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    I use to keep frogs and i use to feed....
    Pond weeds....etc...fish food....and they use to eat flies etc.. ;)
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    dmarcus Active Member 5 Year Member

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    Thats cool Tyler, I have only kept newts so far.
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    Bullfrogs.....love them. However, remember this saying;

    What do you get when you put three bullfrogs in a tank? One well fed bullfrog....

    Good luck...the tadpoles sure are fun...I would suggest a place that they can escape to away from the other frogs/toads :D
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    dmarcus Active Member 5 Year Member

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    Thanks Angela Hopefully its only one bull frog, lol..
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    dmarcus Active Member 5 Year Member

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    Not the greatest photo but it is sitting at the entrance of the hide that was suppose to be for Tejas...
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    Are you keeping them outside in a pond? If so algae will grow and they can eat that with some fish food flakes. Goldfish will eat the algae -- so flakes are good!
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    You guys are planning on three separate enclosures for those three separate species, right?

    There will be carnage, if not... just letting you know ahead of time.

    Bullfrogs are cool. They get to a point where they will eat anything you dangle in front of them.:)
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    You won't be able to raise the different species together. Bullfrog tadpoles get very large, and though they eat algae at first, they turn into sharks and eat each other. A bullfrog tadpole will get about 4" long before the tail starts to shrink. Toads, at least Eastern toads mature at a very small size. In the spring here I find fully developed toads 1/4 to 1/2 inch long. Treefrogs, at least here, are similar in size when they crawl out of the water. All are very cool to watch go through their metamorphosis.
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    dmarcus Active Member 5 Year Member

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    Very good information, we will have to keep the seperated then to avoid any problems...[hr]
    The one in the picture comes and goes all the time, not sure where but it calls our back yard home. He stays hidden until dark then ie ventures out.[hr]
    Werer gonna work on a small pond but they will start off in an aquarium..[hr]
    Tom this is new to use so that information we did not know. We are now working on seperate enclosure for the different specises. We want to avoid any carnage if possible. The person that were getting them from did not mention that to use and it would have been good to know...
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    As a kid I had bullfrogs and greenfrog tadpoles, by the end I had one bullfrog. Bullfrogs are cool, but even if well fed they eat their neighbors.
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    I keep wondering why my bullfrog isn't eating the tadpoles in our pond or the baby frogs-- maybe I don't have a bullfrog?? It's big--- but not huge... Need to do more research. They are so neat. One comes to meet me at the side of the pond for a worm- she will dive up and take it out of my hand. Herbie (my box turtle) doesn't mind sharing her worms.
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    Maybe you have a well mannered Bullfrog. He seems to be a bit domesticated, if he's eating worms from your hand.
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