How to Buy Tadpoles

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Tadpoles, or polliwogs, need to live in an aquarium with a sand bottom and shallow, de-chlorinated water. Learn about feeding vegetation to tadpoles with help from a veterinarian in this free video on frogs and pet care.

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What we're going to talk about now, is how to buy a tadpole. Tadpoles are also commonly referred to as polliwogs, and the tadpole stage, what we're talking about typically, is just out of the egg, or the frog spawn, which is the egg mass, and these little guys have gills, and a tail, and that's about it. When you purchase these guys from a pet store, always know the species that you're getting. Talk to them, have them educate you, as far as what you're going to be dealing with, as these grow into frogs. You want to have an aquarium and a setup first, and that would be a sand bottom, a small sand bottom, and fairly shallow dechlorinated water, and tadpoles like to move around quite a bit into that, and generally, a lot of tadpoles are going to eat vegetation, lettuce, dark, leafy greens, in their early stages. Now, as they grow, the first thing that they do is grow four legs, front legs. The gills start to resorb, and then the tail starts to resorb. They use that for nutrition, therefore, they don't eat very well during that resorbative time. The next step, is the hind legs form, as this tail is being resorbed, and finally the tail goes away. That's why they're called a neurons, is that means without tail, but again, make sure that the species that you're getting is something that you want to involve yourself in, because after the tadpole grows into a frog, it actually is going to need a different environment, unless it's a fully aquatic species, like the African Clawed Frog, and so you may have to change into a soil environment, and use plants and things like that, for the frog to climb on, so just know what species you're dealing with.

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