Raising frogs from frog spawn is an interesting learning experience for children and makes for a fun family project. Typically it takes 1 week from the time the eggs are laid to the time they hatch into tadpoles, and it takes approximately 12 to 16 weeks for the tadpole to develop into a frog, depending upon the species. Follow these steps to raise your own frogs from collected frog spawn.
Things You'll Need
- Jar with lid
- Fish tank or pond
- Goldfish food
Find some frog spawn in a shallow stream or pond. Frog spawn is a cluster of tiny eggs covered with a jelly-looking substance that makes the eggs float on top of the water. The best time of the year to find frog spawn is usually in March or April in most places.
Use a net to gently remove the frog spawn and place it into a jar filled with stream or pond water.
Transport the frog spawn to another body of water, such as a fish tank or a garden pond.
Feed the tadpoles with tiny pinches of crushed flake goldfish food every day.
Continue to feed your tadpoles as they grow. Once they grow into frogs, you can feed them small creatures such as slugs, maggots, flies and other things.
Set your frogs free once they are fully grown. They will be happier outside in the wild. Then you can start the process all over again.
Tips & Warnings
- When removing frog spawn, do not remove the entire thing. Leave some of the eggs in the pond so that some of the frogs will hatch where they were laid.
- Check the law in your area to see if it is okay to collect frog spawn. In most areas, it is fine, but in some countries where frogs are considered a protected species, it is illegal to remove frog spawn from their habitat, and you could get in serious trouble.
- Do not place frog spawn in a fish tank that contains any other fish or reptiles.
- Do not place frog spawn in any body of water that contains chlorine, such as a pool. Tap water also contains chlorine. To remove chlorine from tap water, let it sit for 3 to 5 days in sunlight, or boil it and let cool thoroughly for faster results.
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