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Posted by ginevive on April 18, 2003 at 06:32:38:
I went out walking in the back on monday, trying (unsuccessfully) to track some elusive peepers. Saw a maculatum salamander and some wood frogs. There were literally millions of wood frog eggs in a series of shallow vernal pools, and a few brave individuals who were braving the chilly 60-degree air. As I approached one gaggle of wood frogs, they began calling loudly and fleeing into the water of a drying-up stream. There were so many eggs, I decided to take a small clump of about ten to observe back home. They were from a very small puddle that was actually dry when I returned yesterday, and the few eggs remaining in it looked to be in poor shape. Well, the eggs have hatched, and the tiny black 1-centimeter tadpoles are congregating around the shed eggshells. I filtered some of the original pond water they were in to remove bugs/silt and they're in that. About 6 of the ten hatched, the rest are still forming and wiggling periodically. Anyone ever keep these? I'm thinking the standard tad diet, but they are TINY... I figured they wouold grow a bit more before hatching; I figured wrong. Also, do they feed off of the discarded shell?
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