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MrFordEL
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Postby MrFordEL » Wed Feb 27, 2013 9:45 pm

pretty simple scoop them up with a pastic container and stick them into a pastic bucket and let them morph into tadpole and throw in lettuce leaves every 2 days or when the leaves are gone. once you notice them getting back legs then you will need a fish tank or something with some land so when they get their front legs they can exit the water.

keep feeding them lettuce leaves until they come out of the water then its on to crickets

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Postby Sean » Thu Feb 28, 2013 4:02 pm

Just be aware you might have them for over a year. :)

Those big 50L storage containers from department stores are good and cheap too. You might need a couple. If you can find some fairly wide sticks (on your property and dried not with fresh bark) ~5cm across place them half in the container as well. These will avoid birds drowning and will let the frogs climb out when the time comes. You could cover the containers but I think it is best to leave them uncovered to offer a degree of natural selection.

As mentioned by MrFordEL you can feed them lettuce (or endive) but freeze it first and smash it into small pieces. This partly breaks it down making it easier for the tadpoles to digest.

Water changes and hygiene are very big issues as well, more on them here:

http://www.frogsafe.org.au/ponds/before ... ting.shtml
http://www.frogsafe.org.au/ponds/raising_tadpoles.shtml

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Postby Warwick29 » Sat Mar 02, 2013 8:22 am

isn't this illegal? As far as I knew taking tadpoles, keeping them and feeding them was illegal...... even if they are in danger

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Postby Sean » Sat Mar 02, 2013 8:59 am

It is in Victoria and probably in NSW as well. But I think the laws are different in QLD. They really need a national law on this sort of thing. From the Frogsafe site:

"In Queensland, it IS legal to collect and keep tadpoles until they have turned into frogs and you do not need a licence or permit to KEEP tadpoles but you will need a permit to MOVE/rescue tadpoles (see the Keeping section - QLD regulations page for more details). If you have a Recreational Licence to KEEP frogs in captivity, you cannot have any tadpoles at all. If the tads were collected on your own property and kept in containers on your own property, then this is not "moving" them."

edit:moving them inside might be illegal?


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