Our tadpoles are growing! (Click here to read about how we found our amphibious friends.) Apart from one who has died – we’re still not sure how but we found him floating lifeless one morning – the rest appear to be doing well. They’ve been quite a talking point when people drop by!
I told Porthos that both his grandfathers would be reading this, and asked what he would like to say. Here is his little lecture, captured verbatim:
“We got those tadpoles from Sentosa. They are very good. The tadpoles swim with their tail. They eat goldfish food. And now they are growing into frogs. The tadpoles grow from back legs to front legs.”
The boys have been quite excited (and so have I!) and have been helping to feed the frogs and maintain the aquarium. I’ll keep this blog updated on their progress. In the meantime, here are some pictures.
This is one of two plastic tubs that we’re using as an aquarium. We’ve newly enhanced it with a water hyacinth from our neighbours Uncle and Auntie P.
The tadpoles like to swim and hide under the water hyacinth.
We’ve tilted the aquarium such that one edge is flushed with the ground. Those that are ready can then hop out for some fresh air, like this little guy is doing.
Here’s one of our froglets with hind legs only.
Here’s another with both front and hind legs. These guys are pretty strong and can hop quite well already, maybe about 5cm per jump. They don’t seem to like to go too far from the water yet though.
A closer look at one of our more developed froglets.