What a fun experience to have! My fellow provider found tad poles at the local garden shop a few months ago, and we went the following day to grab a couple. What a fun thing to watch. We started with 2 fat tadpoles. The kids said “cute”, and I don’t think I would use that word to describe the chubby fish like creatures. They eat pond scum that you need to provide since they would eat bugs that fall into the water if they were in the wild. They are puddle and pond animals, so they feed at night on mosquitoes and other small insects that fall prey to the water. It has been a fun activity to watch the back legs appear, and we still have 1 at this stage, and he is ready for the front legs to pop out any day. The other is a little speedier in his development and has front legs and starting to have his tail diminish. He likes his head above water now, and crawls 1/2 way up on the land. He doesn’t want to give up the water yet until his tail is gone. Here are some pics comparing the two, and just how far they are apart when out of the same batch. They are a lot like children and having a late bloomer! They all get there, but in their own time!.
Check out our frog. The tadpole is just about ready for his front legs to pop out, and the other one is almost a frog. He lost almost all his tail in a week. His back legs have also gotten longer. The tadpole’s back legs are much longer than the other one was at this stage, so we are anxious to see how fast his metamorphosis is.