How To Feed Tadpoles

Frogs are fascinating amphibians which are increasingly being kept as pets by enthusiastic herpetoculturists. Caring for frogs in captivity naturally results in a desire to have a go at breeding them, providing other frog-keepers with captive born stock, making some money to recover the costs of buying the animals and equipment, and an amazing opportunity of observing the amphibian life cycle from egg to frog. Any successful frog breeding project must include research about, and a plan of how to raise the tadpoles.

Tadpoles are the larval form of frogs. The vast majority of amphibian species reproduce through externally developing eggs which result in aquatic tadpoles, and after a period of growth, undergo metamorphosis, which completely changes their morphology to froglets, which can live on both land and water. Because of the huge variety of types of frog that are bred in captivity, this article will not be able to provide detailed information about raising tadpoles of a specific species, but will discuss some universal considerations that are applicable to all tadpoles.

The vast majority of frog species start their life cycle as complete aquatic larvae, making the care of tadpoles is not dissimilar to that of aquarium fish and fish fry. Once the eggs are laid by the female they should be removed from the frog terrarium and placed in their own aquarium. The water in which the tadpoles will be reared must be dechlorinated, the easiest way to achieve that is by treating tap water with an aquarium fish water conditioner, which removes chlorines and chloramines. The water should be maintained at a temperature that is specific for the particular species of frog that you are breading, which might necessitate adding a heater to the aquarium.

It is best not to use gravel in the tadpole rearing tank, since it makes cleaning easier. Initially no filtration or aeration should be used, since the tiny tadpoles will find it hard to swim against the currents created and could be sucked up into the filter. It is easiest to start with a low water level, and gradually increase it by adding more dechlorinated water at the same temperature as the tank water, since water changes with tiny tadpoles are difficult. As the tadpoles grow in size and the rearing tank becomes filled with water, daily water changes of 50% of the water will become necessary to keep the water quality high. Gentle aeration with an air stone and an air pump should be added about 2 weeks after spawning. Biological filtration may be added using a simple sponge box filter driven by an air pump.

Feeding strategies for the tadpoles will depend on their species, and should be researched for each species that is raised. During the first few days after hatching, the embryos will not require food, since they will be absorbing their yolk sac. It is however preferable to start feeding too early, rather than too late, since starvation at this early stage in development can seriously delay growth and might lead to developmental abnormalities. Many frog species are herbivorous during their larval stages and can be fed on lettuce and other greens, which should be blanched under boiling water to soften them. Tadpoles of the African clawed frog are basically filter feeders and should be raised on infusoria, or powdered algae tablets. Providing some light over the tadpole tank will encourage the growth of algae and green water, providing a non-polluting and self-sustaining source of food. Carnivorous tadpoles such as those of the horned frogs, are perhaps the most difficult to feed, since they need live food and would probably do best on fish fry. They are often cannibalistic and will require isolating as they grow.

Feeding Your Pet Frog

Frogs can become your child’s best of friend and they are perfect as a pet, especially for beginners. However, it is better if you will choose frogs that are grown in captivity, because there are some species of frogs that are considered endangered and there are some that are dangerous as pets for kids. If you and your children are interested to grow a tadpole, then you can opt for grow pet frog kit that you can buy from a trusted breeder. There are special frogs that are captured for pets. You can buy a grown up frog or a tadpole that you can grow as a frog.

There are few important things that you need to consider if you want to purchase a frog kit. You need to become aware that frog has an average lifespan of 15 years, so it is a long term responsibility and commitment of taking good care of your pet frog. There are frogs that can grow larger than usual frogs that you see. It is hard to identify which one can grow large and the one that is small. It is important to make your own research right before you buy one. If you will choose to purchase from a reputable pet store, then they are aware and knowledgeable about different breeds of frogs and they can tell you which one can grow small or large.

Also, the habitat of frogs can be very tricky as there are frogs that needs aquatic tank with water and there are some that are terrestrial or no water habitat. There are some that requires both land and water for their habitat. It is important that you know the type of habitat that your pet frog needs. If you will buy grow pet frog kit from a reputable supplier online, they can help you build the appropriate habitat for your frog. Make sure that you know what they need or it will suffer from stress, diseases and they might die. Also, you need to clean the habitat regularly because frogs are very prone to diseases as well as contaminants. Cleaning is one of the most vital parts of taking good care of them.

Frogs are inactive pets, so there are times when they will just sleep all day. They are not like dogs or cats that your kids can play. Smaller species of frogs likes to move around but larger ones rarely move. They are not a very thrilling pet if your kid is looking for excitement. Aside from frogs, you can also choose butterfly as pet for your kid. You can watch them grow into beautiful specie. If you will choose to buy a kit from a trusted online pet owner, then you will be provided with the needed habitat to grow a butterfly. For frogs, they need live food to eat like crickets or any kind of small insects. If you have large frog, then they like eating pink mice. You need to ensure that you can get live insect around your neighborhood or garden, so you will not experience difficulty in feeding your pet frog.