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    Question Bullfrog tadpole care

    I plan to buy some bullfrog tadpoles for a project but, how do I care for them?

    * What should I feed them and how often?
    * How deep should the tank be?
    * When should I previde land?
    * Lastly what is "red leg"?

    Any other tips would be very helpful!

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    I had one that my sister wanted me to take care of while she was on a trip. I didn't know anything about them. I just happened to have an empty aquarium that was up and running.

    The tadpole didn't develop at all for quite a while... it was taking much longer than the websites suggested. I started to wonder if he'd be stunted forever. On a whim I put a heater in there that brought it up to tropical temperatures (73-ish). His growth went into high gear immediately. He was a frog in no time. It wasn't really that cold before (maybe 65), but apparently it makes a difference.

    I didn't do much research to back this up. This is totally anecdotal. Take it for what it's worth.

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    IMHO, it's a bad idea. Bullfrog tadpoles are *huge*, require large tanks, eat constantly, can take nearly 2 years to transform, and turn into a giant eating machine that needs an even larger tank (and which cannot be released in many places, due to acting as an invasive pest).

    The best thing to do would be to go down to the local pond this spring and catch some tadpoles. Most likely, they'll be a smaller, easier to keep species, and because you know what pond they're from, you can release the frogs.

    Oh, and red-leg is a bacterial infection due to contaminated water.

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    I can't do that because most local ponds are polluted. The only place where I can catch tadpoles is a golf corse pond and they are either bullfrogs or toads. I know quite well how big they get but, I am getting them for a school project and they usually don't get as big as in the wild. I ordered some on their second year and so some should already have small legs. I was hoping for advice but, they should be arriving today.

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    oops, is this supposed to be in the reptile forum?

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    Did ya get them? Let's see some pics.

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    Just because they are here doesn't mean I still can't use the advice, so anyone else?

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