Saturday, May 15, 2010

Return of the Frogs

We returned the frogs to their pond today! Once the first few (out of 8) started spending most of their time on land, I began to worry about feeding them since they eat live insects, so we knew it was time to return them to their natural habitat. Out of 8, all of them grew back legs, and 6 grew front legs.

We did lose two of them with no explanation...we had seen them happily hopping only hours earlier and then found them dead that evening. :( Little Bean was quite upset when we found that two had passed away. We had a little funeral for them, and he started to cry. From what I have read, it's normal to lose some when they pass from tadpole to froglet, so perhaps that was just part of the deal. Either way, we know we did our best to take care of them.

Three were completely ready to be on land by the time we released them. As it happened, we ended up with two types of frogs--2 tree frogs, and 6 true frogs (living on land). We took the (semi) long drive up to the pond, and released them back into the pond where they were found. We spent the rest of the morning exploring the creek, and found quite a few other frogs that were the same size and type as ours, so we know they are among friends.

Here are our tadpoles on the day we caught them, a few weeks ago:
And with back legs:
And back and front legs:
And finally, on land. By the time we released them, they had barely any tail left:

My only regret is that I didn't record our observations very thoroughly. If I ever do this again, I'd love to record just how long it took from tadpole to frog.

1 comment:

sippy cup mom said...

That is so cool! Karen

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