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  • tadpoles to frogs

    If this really belongs in the Menagerie, my apologies, but these really aren't pets LOL

    We have a small plastic pool that we occasionally fill up with water for the dogs to swim in. About once a year, things just happen, and it gets gross and nasty and low on water. About that time I notice mosquito larva

    This year, that happened, but the next day, having been through many sunny 90* days, the water (apparently) got too hot and all the larva were dead

    however, it now appears there are OODLES of tadpoles in there. We do have lots of frogs. Lots. I know soon this water will get too hot and too low on oxygen and they will die

    How can I save them without inviting skeeters back? I suppose if worst came to worst we could try to get the water and muck all dumped into a bucket and carry that to the river, but I sure wouldn't mind more frogs here
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    Tadpoles will eat the mosquito larva

    You can add a pond aerator to help out the tadpoles, but they grow quickly and will have lungs before you know it.
    "For some people it's not enough to just be a horse's bum, you have to be sea biscuit's bum" -anon.
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      #3
      so I could just add some more water for more oxygen and cooler, assume/hope/pray they eat any larve of a skeeter stoopid enough to lay eggs there (will they eat the eggs too?) and then hope they grow up and hop off before I run out of water? LOL
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      • #4
        Yep!

        We've got a little drainage pond too & it's gone dry despite the normal amount of rain we've gotten. Not sure what we're going to do to fix it (want to put the ducks in there).

        The froggies will absolutely gobble up all the mosquito & larva they can. You can add small fish if you want, but fish will eat tadpoles until the the tadpoles are big enough to eat them.

        I think it depends on the frog species but I don't think it takes more then 2 months to go from egg to frog, so you can time it from when you first saw tadpoles. Just adding a little more water every day may be enough
        "For some people it's not enough to just be a horse's bum, you have to be sea biscuit's bum" -anon.
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          #5
          Cool, I will try that and see how it goes. I always end up with some potted plants that never seem to make their way into the ground, and it's nice to be able to put them into this pool to get and keep them watered, so I can do double duty and not have to keep watering them by hand.
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          • #6
            Seems the year for tadpoles! I have my two troughs out in my paddocks up on cinder blocks. (I had a horse who put his legs in, so I had to raise them). But we have tons of tadpoles in the troughs! Those little froggies are pretty athletic. One night while we were refilling the trough we had to "relocate" 10 frogs. It was pretty funny.

            Good luck with your tadpoles.
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              LOL, yep, we have to "relocate" frogs out of our pool all the time.
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              • #8
                I dipped tadpoles out of a trough and gave them to co-workers for their kids to watch Metamorphosis in Action!

                StG

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by JB View Post
                  so I could just add some more water for more oxygen and cooler, assume/hope/pray they eat any larve of a skeeter stoopid enough to lay eggs there (will they eat the eggs too?) and then hope they grow up and hop off before I run out of water? LOL
                  That's what we do. Got a horse waterer full of teeny tiny tadpoles right now and we do this every year, too. If the water gets too hot it will kill them but just keeping it filled up they do fine. I didn't know but guess they do eat those baby skeeters, too!! We have never seen one in the water with the tadpoles.
                  They start working at a very young age evidently. Good tadpoles.
                  You know why cowboys don't like Appaloosas?" - Answer: Because to train a horse, you have to be smarter than it is.

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                  • #10
                    Good for you! Frogs & amphibians of all kinds are declining dramatically, so if you can save a few, you're doing a good thing. They certainly do eat mosquito and other larvae. If you don't want to maintain them, you can always scoop them up in plastic containers and relocate them to a nearby lake or pond.
                    If you're not near a lake, pond or other frog habitat, they could also be toad tadpoles....equally COOL.

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                    • #11
                      We have tons of hoppy toads around our place this year. They hang out in the cool dirt under the troughs, find holes in the dirt under the trees in the woods. I go out of my way to keep the little guys happy around the barn. So far this year has been pretty mosquito/fly free around the barn and I am loving it!

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                      • #12
                        I'm jealous!! I basically built a froggy condo for the little guys to give me tadpoles and so far nuttin!!
                        "A lie doesn't become truth, wrong doesn't become right, and evil doesn't become good, just because it's accepted by a majority." Rick Warren

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                        • #13
                          I don't know if it was because of the cicadas brood, but I've seen more toads this year than I ever have. Just walking from my house to the shed 60 ft in the back yard, I stepped around 4 one night. I like toads. They're cozy.

                          StG

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                          • #14
                            I thought toads were land and frogs were amphibious. I'm off to google!
                            ---
                            Okay, appropriately from a site "kidzone"
                            FROGS vs. TOADS

                            Many people don’t know the difference between frogs and toads. They are quite different animals, although they belong to the same animal group.

                            Frogs:
                            Need to live near water
                            Have smooth, moist skin that makes them look “slimy”.
                            Have a narrow body
                            Have higher, rounder, bulgier eyes
                            Have longer hind legs
                            Take long high jumps
                            Have many predators

                            Toads:
                            Do not need to live near water to survive
                            Have rough, dry, bumpy skin
                            Have a wider body
                            Have lower, football shaped eyes
                            Have shorter, less powerful hind legs
                            Will run or take small hops rather than jump
                            Do not have many predators. Toad’s skin lets out a bitter taste and smell that burns the eyes and nostrils of its predators, much like a skunk does.
                            --
                            That was fun

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                            • #15
                              Speaking of frogs... was this normal?

                              A few years ago we added one of those mosquito growth inhibitors to our 4 x4'x 2' deep pond. The tadpoles had already hatched. But, the weird thing is they NEVER developed beyond dime size. I felt so bad for them. In November I scooped them up and transferred them to a natural pond hoping they'd survive. Has anyone ever heard of this problem before? If it was the mosquito tablets I'd have to say they are an environmental nightmare in the long run. The package stated they were safe. Hmmmmmm....

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                              • #16
                                Could you move the pool partly under a tree for shade? Or, move a big potted plant into/next to the pool? This will help keep the pool cooler.

                                I'm jealous, I love watching tadpoles grow. When I was younger, I would use a net to rescue tadpoles in tiny, drying pools and relocate them into bigger pools.
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                                  #17
                                  We have both frogs and toads and yes, there are ZILLIONS of them this year! Lots and lots of small red ones toads in particular. I find toads in the pool all the time, but lots of frogs too. We have to keep a "ladder" in the skimmer because we were finding 5, 6, 7 at a time drowned in there I pulled a large dead toad out of the pool itself this morning, as the skimmer was turned off (just the main drain on) as the water was a bit low, and he couldn't get out

                                  The puppy tadpole pools is too heavy to move but I will see if there's anything I can do for some shade.
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                                  • #18
                                    You could pop some step-ins in next to the pool, and make a tarp tent. Easy, peasy!

                                    Newt- Yes, the IGI dunks probably did prevent the tads from changing, but if the packaging said it was safe, how are people to know??

                                    They absorb a lot through the skin, that's why I flat-out refuse to use chemicals in my garden, loads of tree frogs and toads!

                                    LBR
                                    I reject your reality, and substitute my own- Adam Savage

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                                    • #19
                                      These are some lucky & pampered frogs!!
                                      "For some people it's not enough to just be a horse's bum, you have to be sea biscuit's bum" -anon.
                                      Nes' Farm Blog ~ DesigNes.ca
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                                      • #20
                                        Originally posted by ParadoxFarm View Post
                                        Seems the year for tadpoles! I have my two troughs out in my paddocks up on cinder blocks. (I had a horse who put his legs in, so I had to raise them). But we have tons of tadpoles in the troughs! Those little froggies are pretty athletic. One night while we were refilling the trough we had to "relocate" 10 frogs. It was pretty funny.

                                        Good luck with your tadpoles.
                                        Apparently frog eggs and fish eggs will migrate on birds legs. The bird will drink in pond A, the eggs will stick on the legs, then bird flies to pond B and eggs will come off in Pond B and hatch.
                                        Oh, well, clearly you're not thoroughly indoctrinated to COTH yet, because finger pointing and drawing conclusions are the cornerstones of this great online community. (Tidy Rabbit)

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