Well, are you ready for the big news? We have a frog! That’s right, so far the I’ve managed to keep all four of our tadpoles alive. Though I have a reputation for being a fish killer, I’ve somehow managed to allow the kids to successfully observe metamorphosis. Our little tadpoles have put on quite a display of change. Over all from start to finish it took about 40 days for the first tadpole to turn into a little frog. A little tree frog at that. To be more specific: the Pacific Tree frog – Pseudacris regilla. This little frog is also known as the Pacific Chorus frog, and is well established in these parts. We will continue to observe the frogs for a few months, recording and observing their behaviour, then we will release them back to where we found them.
We have given the little guy a new home and have moved the rest of the tadpoles who are in various stages of development into a little pond inside the terrarium. The kids now have a new job and associated title as: official insect collectors ‘cus Mom won’t touch ’em’s. A rather long title and too big to put on a name tag, so we’ve shortened it to: B.G. (aka: Bug Gatherer). Though I have been known to dangle a wee cricket by one leg with a pair of tweezers in front of the little green guys face, but – we won’t go there.