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tadpole gills & oxygen question


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Posted by Colchicine on April 22, 2003 at 21:53:08:

In Reply to: tadpole gills & oxygen question posted by kimhotep on April 22, 2003 at 20:59:23:

I am not aware of any anurans with external gills. You need to make sure that what you have is a frog and not a salmander. Tadpoles have external gills and I recommend mild aeration to oxygenate the water, water exchanges serves other purposes and is not ideal for oxygenation.

:Okay, so my wood frog taddies had frilly little gills for a couple days after they hatched. Now the gills are gone from them. So - how are they breathing? I keep reading about regularly changing the water out so it's oxygenated - but how are they breathing after they lose their visible gills? I don't see them gulping at the surface.

:Thanks!
:-Kim





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