Sunday, June 20, 2010

Cope's Gray Treefrog Tadpole Update

We've been raising a set of Cope's Gray Treefrog eggs harvested from our backyard garden pond for a month now.  We were able to observe them in the egg state and watch them become small specks into what they are now, big juicy tadpoles.  They still do not have any legs, but I imagine it won't be long.  From our research it looks like they can take up to 60 days to fully metamorphosize. 

Frog eggs just days old.

Tadpole at 1 week old.

Tadpoles feeding at 12 days old

Cope's Gray Treefrog tadpoles currently at 1 month old.  Large body and tail, no legs.

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Ticia said...

How cool to see the progression, I wonder how long it will take to turn into frogs......

Discovering Montessori said...

Frogs are very interesting to watch grow. Our store brought tadpoles grew in three weeks!. The ones we actually found in the pond took four months! I forget exactly what kind they were.

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

I haven't been brave enough to raise frogs in the house, yet - but it looks like such a cool experience!

Pathfinder Mom said...

I like it! We've done butterflies, but not frogs. Maybe next year!

Wonder Mom said...

Oh, my eldest girl would be SO JEALOUS of this experiment- we love all things "hoppy" in this house!

Honey said...

We have never raised tadpoles. That sounds like fun. Maybe someday I will get up the nerve to do tadpoles.

We do have a fish tank that we are working on filling up with fish and plants and snails.