Daily Photo: July 28, 2011

The tadpole that never grew up.

Last summer, a department at my wife’s university were doing research with a number of bullfrog tadpoles. They were going to ‘dispose’ of them, so we brought one home. In the end, sadly, he didn’t make it. I’m not sure whether it was a lack of friendship, poorly/overly oxygenated water, or if he was of a weak disposition to start with. We were very saddened.

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9 thoughts on “Daily Photo: July 28, 2011

  1. Aw poor little guy, at least you tried. 🙂

    1. We felt really bad about it, but the truth is we really didn’t know what we were doing. It’s surprisingly hard to find good advice on how to raise a bullfrog tadpole! We thought he needed constant, clean fresh water (like a fish), but someone pointed out that they usually grow in algae-filled murk, and maybe that was the problem. It was particularly sad, because we could start to see him growing legs before he died.

      1. you tried that is more that most would do. we do the best we can with what we know. 🙂

  2. Aww 😦 he looks cute. I’ve never seen a tadpole up close before

    1. Bear in mind, this is a bullfrog tadpole – he was huge! Most normal tadpoles are less than half his size.

  3. ohh, poor little fishy!
    I thought it was a snake when I first saw the photo, scared me a little.
    Amazing photo. And I like your comments. ♡

    1. Thank you, dear. Poor little amphibian, technically :P. We were all sad when he died. We still don’t really know what went wrong.

    1. Indeed. He was well-behaved, too.

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