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Posted by kimhotep on April 23, 2003 at 09:41:25:
In Reply to: Pepper's up next posted by EllasMommie on April 23, 2003 at 08:39:19:
I've been enjoying your posts, seeing what I'll have to look forward to with my wood frog tads soon! Been listening to frog & toad call recordings, & the last 2 nights I've been able to identify an american toad calling, among the clamor of peepers. Can't wait to hear the green frogs too!
Anyway here's something I came across when looking up info on aeration, seems relevant to what you're talking about. From http://www.learningspace.org/instruct/primary/projects/Frog_Web/tank.html:
"Amphibians tend to release hormones that inhibit growth of others in the tank. This results in pinhead sized tadpoles sharing the same space with larger emergent frogs. To prevent this, don't overcrowd, use standard aquarium practice of one inch of fish per gallon of water. Release extras, or get multiple tanks to handle the overage. We used extra tanks, released some early, and gave others away to other teachers and had plenty left for our students. Incidentally, we took the pinhead tadpoles and put them in another tank and they quickly grew and developed into normal sized frogs!"
....so maybe it's growth-inhibiting hormones? I dunno - interesting stuff tho! :-)
:Well my taddies are growing a lot faster than I had expected. Pepper, looks to be heading for land soon. Back legs are fully grown abd getting little bulges where the front legs will be. Stretch will have company soon!
:That will leave two taddies. Now here's a question. The one we call Tiny has grown quite a bit and the back legs are getting nice and long. But the one we named Freckles (was speckles but hubby likes Freckles better) still doesn't even have back legs yet. When we got them Freckles was just a little bigger than Tiny, but just doesn't look like it's growing at all. Could there be something wrong, or do you think Freckles is just a late bloomer?