Is there a herpetologist in the house?
July 1, 2010 6:36 AM Subscribe
Neighborhood kids were netting for minnows and caught a metamorph
(looks like a Bullfrog
?) And now they want to see it change. Advice on metamorph care please?
posted by jeanmari to pets & animals (4 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Personally, I'm an advocate of catch and release, but I understand the kids' curiosity because, hey! Nature IS cool. And I caught a great number of fish, turtles, snakes, bugs, etc. in my childhood, too. It really sparked my interest in the sciences, so I consider it pretty valuable if kids are passionate about this.
I've done a bit of research on the 'net and there is lots out there about tadpoles or frogs, but the details on caring for metamorphs are a bit hazy. Some sites say to feed them (frozen lettuce? mosquito larvae? The suggestions have been all over the board.) Less info on depth of water and tank environment (if we keep this thing, we're borrowing a bigger tank from the local nature center and we'll be changing the water with fresh water from the pond where the kids found him/her). We've been keeping him in half-sun, half-shade so he can choose to warm up if needed, but I think bull-froglings also need leafy matter to hide under, yes?)
We're looked up the frog lifecyle on the Internet, the kids want to go to the library today to get books about frogs and other amphibians, etc. It's been a pretty fun 24 hours to see them so excited about science!
We WILL be letting this guy go, back into the pond from whence he came in a few weeks.