Tadpoles In The Wild
Before you start raising your tadpole pets, it's good to know what their life would have been like in the wild. That way you can give them a comforting, safe environment that they recognize.
To begin with, mother tadpoles lay their eggs in clutches, or large masses. This is to ensure as many as possible survive to become adult frogs. If only one or two were scattered around here or there, they'd be probably gobbled up by hungry fish, dragonflies, other frogs, and large bugs. They'd be little snacks. But by laying them all together in a gigantic mass, it's unlikely any predator could eat them all. Even if a fish ate a few of them, there'd still be plenty left to hatch and grow up.
Even in the egg stage, tadpoles are quite smart. If, for example, a snake starts attacking the mass of eggs, a bunch of the eggs will hatch even if they weren't quite ready. They'll escape away from the egg mass. That gives them a chance to grow.
Once tadpoles hatch, they find cozy nooks to hide out in. They nestle in shallow areas between grasses. By being somewhere shallow, they ensure that larger fish can't get to them. By staying within grasses, they are hidden from the view of other predators. They eat little bits of greenery they find there, growing larger each day.
Once they grow legs and become frogs, they have it a bit easier. They can leap high and far to evade birds, raccoons, and other things that might want to eat them. Their large eyes help them see danger.
But while they are tadpoles, it's mostly about hiding!
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This step by step manual helps ensure that your little tadpoles grow up to be happy, healthy frogs. From choosing the tank to designing the menu, from checking the pH to adjusting the temperature, I'll ensure your cute, tiny balls of energy grow up into a joyful friend.
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