As of today, we have 11 tree frogs. Amazingly all of the tadpoles we moved indoors made the transition. I guess because we had them in a heated tank, the transition was pretty fast. It only took about 2 weeks for the first tadpole to transform, and about another 10 days for the last one to turn.
We’ve had some challenged with the frogs. The first problem we encountered was with getting them to eat. I read that they eat insects, so I bought the smallest live crickets I could find at Petco. Even these were too big for the frogs to eat. So I went back and got the smallest mealworms I could find. They seem to be eating those and fattening up nicely.
The tree frogs around Rachel’s parents house are very loud and make this high pitched screeching sound to communicate with the other frogs. Luckily the frogs we have inside haven’t started making any sort of noise yet.
One of the neat things we’ve noticed is the variations in the coloring of the frogs. Some are light green, some are a dark olive green, some are brown, some are gray and other are a tan color. Pretty neat.
I read that the frogs are nocturnal, but they seem to be pretty active throughout the day. On cooler days, they seem to huddle together to stay warm. On hot days like yesterday, they seem to gravitate to the water bowl.
We had about 50 tadpoles outside in a little makeshift pond. Due to the crazy weather fluctuations this spring, they don’t seem to be doing quite as well. Max has skimmed out several dead tadpoles over the past few weeks. Not sure if they will make it, but we’ll keep it going. Max has also been adding minnows that he catches down at the lake, so not sure if that is disrupting the tadpoles or not.
Max seems to be fascinated by the frogs, tadpoles and fish, and wants to pick them up and play with them. The frogs are so small and fragile, so we haven’t let him pick them up yet. He’s been very responsible so far and enjoys feeding them and keeping them well cared for.