How about having a tadpole as pet?
I mean you can have a tadpole as pet and you can easily raise one if you want to. Not only that it is fun but you will learn a lot of exciting things about tadpoles. I have been working with tadpoles for quite some time and I have raised almost 5 of them. I love them and now I am planning to get a few more on board.
Having tadpoles as pets is not something new. I know several people who love raising tadpoles. In fact a few people, I know personally, love tadpoles more than gold fish.
It is all fun to look after a tadpole.
So how you can look after a tadpole if you have one or if you are planning to raise one?
The most important thing is to have reasonable sized container. It must not be too small neither too large. You can also choose to have a pool. This is something very common and we all know that.
The important thing to know is tadpoles need fresh water. You have to replace water of the container every day – every day means every single day. You need to make sure that the water is absolutely chlorine-free. Chlorine is deadly for tadpoles and I know people who have seen their tadpoles dead in the container. Always use de-chlorinating drops. You can easily buy de-chlorinating drops. It is a must else you will not going to see your tadpoles again.
OK, now here is the hard part. What tadpoles eat? Tadpoles love green vegetables especially lettuce. They also love to eat small bugs and insects. Besides, tadpoles can also eat each other and to your surprise, you will find a few missing tadpoles in your container every now and then provided you don’t give them good food.
As it is hard to give your tadpoles bugs and insects, so alternately you need to feed them lettuce. They love it. You need to boil lettuce for 20 minutes, chop it and then give it to your tadpoles. They will eat it. If lettuce is not finely chopped, tadpoles will not be able to eat it because they have small mouths. They will be starved to death or they will eat their fellows.
The problem with most of the people having tadpoles is that they don’t know as to whether their tadpoles are getting enough food or not? And whether they are happy or not?
Here is how to see whether your tadpoles are happy or not.
Tadpoles would only feel unhappy when they will be starved. If you see that the water gets dirty and the food you gave them is making water contaminated, it means that the tadpoles are not eating what you are giving them. Change the food or if it is something big, chop it and then give it to them. If you have to replace water everyday just because it is too dirty, it means there is something wrong.
Alternately, if you see that tadpoles are missing or if one day you see that a tadpole has disappeared, it means it has been eaten by any fellow. This is a clear indication of the fact that your tadpoles are not happy.
This is it from my side. I hope you must have learnt a few things from this post. It is not hard to raise tadpoles. All you need to give them is your time and care. There is nothing else these small creatures need. I am sure you will love your tadpoles when they will become frogs. It’s always fun and lovable to see small tadpoles growing right in front of your eyes with your efforts. That gives you a great feeling.
Love tadpoles and they will love you!