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Can you help me identify this saved-from-Walmart tadpole?

Discussion in 'Terrariums, Paludariums and Vivariums' started by n_narc0tic90, Dec 4, 2011.

  1. n_narc0tic90

    n_narc0tic90 Registered Member

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    We'd like to know what kind of amphibian we're going to be raising over the winter months!

    My boyfriend and I were doing a general shopping trip, and as always passed by the fishtanks. We noticed they had a tadpole in one of the tanks, so we asked an associate what the situation was... The tadpole had been sent to them on accident with a shipment of large goldfish. Since we already had a small terrarium set up, (and since the tadpole didn't seem like it was surviving very well in the fully filtered fishtank with nowhere for it to rest at but the bottom) we asked to take it home.
    We have had it for several weeks now and have noticed very little but slight changes. His back legs have gotten longer and developed more definite toes and webbing, tail is a little bit shorter, but other than that it has been a very slow changing process.
    He's fairly large, about 4" long or so. He seems to be a fairly solid color with no other markings to distinguish him by...Olive green with a white belly.

    Any ideas or suggestions?
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    probably a bull frog. you'll need a large tank
     
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    looks like it, thank you!
     
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    99% of the time that will be a bullfrog, the 1% usually ends up as a leopard frog spp
     
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    99% of the time it's a Green Frog, Pig Frog, or a Leopard Frog. Bullfrog tadpoles are fairly rare as contaminants.
     
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    out here it's all we get in california, we are allowed the bullfrog tadpoles but not the actual frog itself.. different state, different laws.. just saying what I've know running petstores for the last 15 years
    in california the here are the restricted species which require permits as far a possible suspects for a tadpole
    (25) Northern leopard frog (Rana pipiens)
    (26) Southern leopard frog (Rana yutricularia)
    (27) Rio Grande leopard frog (Rana berlandieri)
    (28) Bullfrog (Rana catesbeiana)
     
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    Here on the east coast the stuff comes out of FL so your natives down there are Southern Leopards, Greens and Pigs. When we do get the occasional Bullfrog they're easy to id, particularly at this time of the year. Any tadpole that doesn't have legs by now pretty much has to be a Bullfrog!
     
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    There used to be an LFS called Pet Safari down here, those "wogs" used to be fairly common...I think they brought them in on purpose, or perhaps raised them (they did raise their own feeder mice and such)
     
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    I agree, it's most likely a Bullfrog tadpole.
     
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    I agree it's most likely a bullfrog, they take longer to mature than any of the other species.
     
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    I'm going to go with almost def a bullfrog. Looks just like the bullfrog tadpoles I raise every year. That one looks like it's about to go frog on you soon. Might be a good idea to put a large piece of wood or a rock that peaks out of the water in the tank. I find mine like to rest on it when they first transform. I think it must be a tiresome process for them. You will want to make sure you have a good solid lid on the tank though...those guys have some powerful legs and giant sprinting hops. If you want to keep it as a frog you will need a big tank too. They are not tiny frogs.
     

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