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June 30, 2013 / viewsfromasmallisland

Little ones leaving ‘home’

tadpoles leaving home

Well after all I’ve done for them; tending them hand and foot since they were no more than a full stop, I found these little critters just crawling away for a new life in a bigger pond without stopping to say goodbye.  For those who followed the earlier post, these are some of the tadpoles that I separated out from the main pond weeks ago, to stop them becoming frog and newt fodder.  They have finally got to the stage where they are ready to move on.  It’s been some time coming.  I discovered an interesting fact about tadpole development.  Apparently, when they start to get eaten by predators, they release a chemical into the water that stimulates the remaining tadpoles to develop faster.  A case of hurry up and get on with it, you’re on the menu if you don’t.  Anyway, it seems they felt safe and secure in my tub as they’ve taken ages to grow legs and start crawling out but there’ll be no stopping them now.

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  1. stanze / Jun 30 2013 10:05 pm

    Hehe, we got lots of them every year. I don’t rescue them and enough of them seem to survive nevertheless. The basin in front of the castle is packed with tadpoles, frogs and newts.

    • viewsfromasmallisland / Jun 30 2013 10:29 pm

      We have struggled with frog numbers recently so I decided to try and give the population a boost by helping them reach the froglet stage before leaving them to their chances.

      • stanze / Jun 30 2013 10:31 pm

        I’d like to know if it helps. 🙂

      • viewsfromasmallisland / Jul 1 2013 8:13 am

        I will let you know but it will be next spring before I have the answer. I have done it before when the population dropped (bad winters, disease, etc.) and it does appear to make a difference. The number that return is tiny compared to those released but it does help.

  2. Gallivanta / Jul 1 2013 1:10 am

    Fascinating. Even our own children sometimes do that; just go!

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