Tadpole update

Remember how the stream rebuild unexpectedly turned into a tadpole rescue? Well, it's time for an update on these metamorphosing amphibians.


I thought these tadpoles looked different, not the American Toad tadpoles that I'm used to seeing.


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The water quality is quite good now that the raccoon guard has been in place for a couple of weeks:


Which means that the plants are undamaged...


...and I can see the tadpoles doing their thing -- which is eat mainly.


And grow legs.



Yep, definitely not the little toadlings to which I am accustomed. So what are they?


Tree frogs!


Look at its cool little hand -- good thing it has plenty of grip because there's no other way to get out of there besides climbing!

This settles it: I'm going to put this tub out every year! (The fish eat all of the frog eggs and tadpoles, so the tree frogs need a fishless water feature in which to spawn.)

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outlawgardener  – (August 7, 2018 at 11:31 AM)  

Tree frogs are adorable! Glad you're going to give them a special fishless place to spawn next year. What a fun surprise.

Salty Pumpkin Art  – (August 7, 2018 at 1:07 PM)  

Congratulations! Tree frogs are so neat! Their croak is quite charming.

chavliness  – (August 8, 2018 at 10:12 AM)  

Very cool.
So they'll climb out of the water and find a tree to climb?

Alan  – (August 8, 2018 at 1:56 PM)  

Peter: Will the frogs find it though? We will see.

Salty: I love hearing tree frogs!

Loree: This is one of the best garden surprises of 2018 for me!

Chav: They'll climb something! Probably bamboo as that's closer than any tree.

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