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Old 11-03-2011, 02:16 AM
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I have a decent size outboard test tank behind the wooden privacy fence on the side of my house. I used to use it a good bit, not so much anymore, matter of fact, it's been nearly a year since I had any outboard running in it. My plan was to drain it, then scrape the interior & paint it, as it's long over due for some serious maintenance. Much to my surprise, I was greeted by several hundred tadpoles early this past summer. First time ever since I had it set up, about two years give or take.

I did the only thing I could. I grabbed a bunch of water weeds from the ditches, and provided the little poles with some good food stuff & cover. They flourished! I would toss in the dusty remains from the bottom of the bag from our pet guinea pig, which the little buggers devoured with gusto! They grew and grew, soon they had hind legs, then front legs, tails shrunk, and, day after day, clusters of teeny tiny tree frogs, several varieties, gathered on the water weeds to sun them selves before crawling/climbing/leaping out of the tank and into the surrounding shrubs & trees...as well as all over my house!

There were also a good many tadpoles in the drainage ditch along side the road, which began to dry up before they all turned to frogs. I managed to save about a hundred or so, scooping them out of tiny puddles a day before they dried completely, and putting them into a couple five gallon buckets. They also did very well, within a few weeks they had all turned to frogs & hoped away. All except a couple. I had already drained the test tank, there was about three inches of water in it. I had to dump the buckets, mosquitoes had laid tons of eggs in them. I tossed the remaining few taddies into the test tank, I figured it was better than no chance at all.

I noticed a medium size tadpole, much darker than the guys from the ditch, was left in the test tank...it hadn't changed a bit, no legs, no feet, still all tadpole. I figured a genetic defect. After tossing them in, I didn't give it anymore thought.

Summer ended, October came and with it a chill in the air. On October 20th, I happened to take a curious peek into the test tank. There, slowly bobbling around in the frigid water (Frigid to a tadpole) were two tadpoles. The black one that was an original test tank inhabitant, and, one lone taddie from the ditch. The ditch taddie had sprouted two hind legs, albeit, too thin & stubby, useless, really.

I couldn't bare the thought of those two innocent taddies freezing to death as the nights grew colder.I cut a clear one gallon jug that had drinking water in it, filled it half way with bottled spring water and with a small minnow net, gently scooped out the two taddies, who, I later named "Ren" & "Stimpy" and deposited them into the clean bottled water, along with a small amount of ditch water weeds. There was enough slime/algee on the weeds to sustain the two, but, I also gave them the same guinea pig food dust from the bottom of the bag every couple of days. I keep them on the kitchen window, where they get plenty of sunshine. They appear as happy as possibly can be, considering the circumstances.

I changed their water every other day, and they ate, swam, and grew fat. The ditch taddie, aka "Ren", it's hind legs grew thicker & Ren began to use them to swim more & more! Yesterday, Ren's front legs popped out!It's tail is shrinking, it's body becoming more stream lined daily...soon Ren will be ready to move into a new habitat, which I've yet to buy & set up...looking into it this weekend.

Stimpy FINALLY grew some hind legs, although they are still very thin, and not yet in use, I am confident they will develop, and so will Stimpy's front legs. No rush, no rush at all. I will often put my finger into the water, Stimpy usually allows me to gently "pet" it's back, and even tries to "eat" from my finger, sucking with it's teeny tiny mouth, trying to get algae off my finger...really cute! ren is not quite as friendly, and is much more hyped up than Stimpy.

I will raise them both, as best I can over the winter. I am ordering live wingless fruit flies, teeny tiny crickets, and, looking into what other needs they have that I must take care of. Hopefully, when Spring arrives, I will be able to release them into the wild to join their brothers & sisters, where they belong. I would not have bothered them, not have taken them from their natural habitat, but, if I hadn't they would of died as sure as my THT screen name is AGENT86.

Call me silly, call me childish, call me what you will. Who here would have turned their backs and let the little taddies literally die a miserable, cold death? I have ALWAYS loved frogs & toads, not to mention turtles, lizards, snakes to a certain degree. Don't get me wrong. I'm the first one to blast a deer to fill the freezer (Although I haven't been fortunate enough to go this year, and the few times I have in the past few years yielded me a big fat zilch. I hope & pray I can fill the freezer this year...me & my kids miss the awesome flavor of venison. That's a whole other deal, though. I was talking about amphibious critters close to my heart.

I will snap some photos of Ren & Stimpy over the nest few days/weeks, and post them up...hope I didn't bore the hell out of anyone who was brave enough to read all the way through post. Ribbit!
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I f the out side tank will not freeze solid the tads will survive
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We love toads in Bermuda because they eat cockroaches.
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Reading that reminds me of a person I would have liked to get to know better. I missed that person.

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Hundreds of tree frogs you say? How do you sleep at night? Those are the loudest, most obnoxious things. It's not like a bullfrog that croacks every onces in a while at night. Tree frogs have a high pitched squeel and they give it hell all night long.
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Originally Posted by Blythe1022 View Post
Hundreds of tree frogs you say? How do you sleep at night? Those are the loudest, most obnoxious things. It's not like a bullfrog that croacks every onces in a while at night. Tree frogs have a high pitched squeel and they give it hell all night long.
City slicker .........so what sound do you hear at night, traffic?
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Originally Posted by Blythe1022 View Post
Hundreds of tree frogs you say? How do you sleep at night? Those are the loudest, most obnoxious things. It's not like a bullfrog that croacks every onces in a while at night. Tree frogs have a high pitched squeel and they give it hell all night long.
For the record, I LOVE the song of frogs...the different varieties each have their own distinct sound. We have three or four different varieties around here. They are loudest during Spring & then quiet down a good bit, unless we get a nice heavy summer rain, which brings them out in droves! I love to go outside with a flashlight & watch them sing, observing the different types.

One of my favorites is the Copes tree frog, which sounds quite different than the rest. It has a kind of "barking" sound to it. When I lived on the river for ten years, I was surrounded on three sides by water & wet lands. The river in the back yard, and swamp on the other two sides..one way in and out, unless you used a boat. During the Spring & early summer, the frogs, and I'm talking Bull frogs, Tree frogs, Leopard frogs & others were so loud that I couldn't hear the television over the chorus! I didn't mind, matter of fact, I opened all the doors & windows to let the sound in even more! It's one of the most beautiful sounds I have ever had the pleasure to listen to.

So much ancient history in the chorus of frogs, it's like going back in time. Along with the frogs, we had dozens of owls that would "hoot" all night long, from dusk 'till dawn! When I summer up in Maine, I always rent the cabin at the very end of the lower half. It's on a little, private "peninsula" It's surrounded by water on 3 sides, a beautiful cove behind & around the side, and a large cove in front, which leads out to the main lake.

The Bull frogs are so loud, the cabin almost vibrates as they sing. They'll be quiet, except for a few here & there, then, all of a sudden they'll all join in together, building in volume, then, suddenly stop. this will go on for hours, almost until dawn many nights. Doesn't bother me. Add the cry of the Loons in with it, and it's pure heaven on earth...to me. I even have a "friend" Bull frog. Same guy every year, hangs out around the private floating dock that goes with the cabin. I video taped him two years in a row. I can tell it's the same one. He allows me to get right up to him, and even gently stroke his back! Call me crazy, but it's the simple stuff like that which thrills me & makes me happy. Guess I'm just a simpleton...and wouldn't change it for anything in the world!

Next Spring, I'm planning on having a pool of some sort set up for the frogs to lay their eggs in, instead of my test tank. I'll have to cover the tank. I can't use it while the taddies are in it. There is a problem with frog populations, they are in decline. All the ones in my test tank survived, which is great for the local frogulation! They are a great asset because they eat tons of mosquitoes, spiders, & other creepy crawly insects.
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I f the out side tank will not freeze solid the tads will survive
I know that is true for Bull Frog tadpoles, as up north they often take more than a year, sometimes two or three, to fully mature! Down South, the local tadpoles are genetically programmed to mature much more rapidly...the ones that don't develop by cold weather will most likely die from the cold. Here in SC, it gets cold enough, and stays cold long enough, to kill the little buggers.

There are many reasons that some tadpoles don't mature, from genetic problems, to lack of proper nutrition, improper water temperatures, to list but a few. Once I brought Ren & Stimpy inside, gave then fresh bottled spring water daily, sufficient water plants & food (I bought them floating frog food a day ago, instead of using the guinea pig pellet dust...mashed the frog food, which Ren & Stimpy eagerly devoured!) and lots of sunlight, they have started to grow & morph at an accelerated rate! Matter of fact, I already ordered their live food, which is what they will soon require, and will have a 10 gallon tank all set up within the next week....I wish i hadn't gotten rid of all the tanks we used to have when my kids were younger!

Anyway, to answer your question, the water in the test tank does freeze, and quite thick at that. But, you are correct in regards to certain types of tadpoles, Jane.
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Originally Posted by Garett View Post
City slicker .........so what sound do you hear at night, traffic?

Some folks just don't understand! If they only knew what you & I & others on here do, sad, really.
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Dang...I need to read up on how to multi-quote! Okay, folks. THANKS! for your positive input & support! FROGS RULE!
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Originally Posted by AGENT86 View Post
I know that is true for Bull Frog tadpoles, as up north they often take more than a year, sometimes two or three, to fully mature! Down South, the local tadpoles are genetically programmed to mature much more rapidly...the ones that don't develop by cold weather will most likely die from the cold. Here in SC, it gets cold enough, and stays cold long enough, to kill the little buggers.

There are many reasons that some tadpoles don't mature, from genetic problems, to lack of proper nutrition, improper water temperatures, to list but a few. Once I brought Ren & Stimpy inside, gave then fresh bottled spring water daily, sufficient water plants & food (I bought them floating frog food a day ago, instead of using the guinea pig pellet dust...mashed the frog food, which Ren & Stimpy eagerly devoured!) and lots of sunlight, they have started to grow & morph at an accelerated rate! Matter of fact, I already ordered their live food, which is what they will soon require, and will have a 10 gallon tank all set up within the next week....I wish i hadn't gotten rid of all the tanks we used to have when my kids were younger!

Anyway, to answer your question, the water in the test tank does freeze, and quite thick at that. But, you are correct in regards to certain types of tadpoles, Jane.
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Dang...I need to read up on how to multi-quote! Okay, folks. THANKS! for your positive input & support! FROGS RULE!
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