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newly hatched tadpoles

collecting pond water

The frog eggs hatched!

We knew from our reading that we shouldn’t put the tiny, new tadpoles in with our big, established tadpoles or they might get eaten.

So we decided to make them their own tadpolarium.

Our eggs were in our pool, and the decaying plant matter that we put in with the big tadpoles is long gone, so we headed off to a local pond. (The eggs had hatched in regular well water — country well water, unlike town water, doesn’t have chemicals added in.)

First, we collected a jar of pond water. We also collected some tasty green algae.

Then we collected a few live plants from the edge of the pond.

Every few days we take out some of the water in the big tadpoles’ tank and add in some fresh water. We’ll do the same for these tiny tadpoles.

We put them all together back at home, then carefully poured in our new baby tadpoles.

They seem very happy in there.

live pond plants

finished tadpolarium

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Reader Comments (12)

Our tadpoles now have their back legs-ours are garden center purchased each year, however. But, boy do they keep our garden pond clean!


Every year we have 3-4 frogs sitting around the pond, sunning themselves in the wooley thyme. They are way too cute--once in a while we have a toad, too. But, we're "in town" so it's surely not the extravaganza you guys have! :o)

June 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJessica

New life is always exciting :-)

June 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAlison Kerr

I love the idea of a "tadpolarium"! Great word. Thank you for explaining the importance of the water and other items needed for the tadpoles.

June 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterThe Tan Family

Those are just the cutest little tads!
We are planning a pond visit tomorrow to see what we can find...

June 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDawn

jessica, i love the idea of being able to buy tadpoles at the garden center! what a great way to set up a little self-sustaining eco-area in your own backyard. :^)

alison, so true :^)

thank you, jennifer! i totally stole that word from cindy at bug safari, and now i’m keeping it. :^)

don’t take me as a tadpole expert, though — i’m more of an expert on killing them. :^/ but we’re making a really big effort this year to do everything right!

dawn, have a great time with your pond visit! we are going to go back. we brought home some other water creatures that we’ll write about later and we need to let them loose again and maybe find some others. plus there was so much life going on just above the pond — dragon- and damselflies, mayflies, butterflies, etc — too much to see in just one visit!

we’re planning a trip to the river next week, too, to compare and see if we can find any frog sign. we already found one frog at the pond that we couldn’t identify in our book. we’re on a mission!

June 3, 2009 | Registered CommenterLori

I am also in love with the word "tadpolarium"! Look forward to hearing more about your pond critters and seeing your tadpoles grow.

June 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLucia

so much fun!

a couple of days ago DH and I were driving home on the busy route behind our neighborhood when we suddenly saw something lurching in front of us on the road. I almost covered my eyes, thinking it was a large wounded animal in its death throes. No, it was a turtle, a LARGE one, crossing the road. DH stepped on the brakes - the car behind us nearly rear-ended us. I jumped out thinking to stop the traffic coming from the other direction. The turtle slowly got to the other side and disappeared in the forest.

None of the drivers in the ten or so cars stopped in our wake honked or complained. It was such an awesome experience to see that old, old creature pass by.

June 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKat

thank you, lucia! :^)

kat, lol, i know just what you mean re: the way turtles lurch. :^) i have helped a turtle to the other side more than a few times — they usually seem more irritated than anything else! hey, just trying to help.

that’s wonderful that the other cars waited patiently. :^)

June 4, 2009 | Registered CommenterLori

I've been out everyday checking our ponds for tadpoles, but none yet. I can't wait to give this a try. I stress the I, not sure if the girls are remotely interested. Maybe I'll keep a little tadpole journal.

June 5, 2009 | Unregistered Commentermary

mary — ha! i get that way about things and start doing my own studies when the boys aren’t interested! :^)

if you keep a tadpole journal, i want to see it! :^)

June 5, 2009 | Registered CommenterLori

I also forgot to tell you that Seth has been following Jack's tadpole process. he is very serious about reading each post (well having it read to him). How cool to watch the work of a "big boy scientist".

June 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAlis

alis, that’s great. :^) i will encourage jack to do an update post this week!

June 12, 2009 | Registered CommenterLori

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