I didn't have the opportunity to raise tadpoles till around 2018 due to not having standing water usually lasting for more than a day or two at most. I did a project page for the 2020 class. The older group all graduated, the younger group ended in sads. Hopefully this new class will do well.
All appeared to go well, then this afternoon I found Hope unresponsive. pulled him out of the water, even tried to do CPR, but nothing. I feel like I failed another one. Like the 2020 tadpole season, the 2021 tadpole season ends on a bad note(unless I get a temporary pond again due to heavy rains), and the Spadefoot curse continues.
Unlike other tadpoles that I've raised in the past, Hope doesn't seem too interested in going back into the water much. The spadefoots would still go out for some swims. Graduation Day with likely either be on Sunday(tomorrow) or Monday.
Hope has already gotten on Pinecone rock. That was a bit faster than what I was expecting. With other tadpoles species I've observed, it normally takes a day or two before they'll start getting out of the water. I'm curious if he would have tried surfacing yesterday even before his front legs came out.
After I shut off my computer and just before I went to bed, Hope's other front leg popped out at around 11:30 pm. A few minutes ago, I transitioned him to a container with Pinecone rock to let him come out of the water when he's ready. He handled the transition quite well, didn't seem upset by the move. I noticed yesterday, that he pretty much just stuck to staying near the surface.
Hope seems to be doing quite well. His rear legs have grown and developed quite well. Since tadpoles front legs develop at the same time as their rear legs and I'm noticing that he's bulging a bit, I wouldn't be surprised in the next few days if his front legs come out. Sorry about the lack of videos. Unlike spadefoots, narrowmouths tend to be more laid back and don't move around as much.
Sorry for the lack of updates. Been dealing with a lot of crap as of late. Our last remaining tadpole, Hope the Narrowmouth appears to be doing fine. His legs have grown and developed considerably. I tried to get a good photo of him, but he likes to hide. His little "pond" is a bit dirty, but again I hesitate to keep it super clean as I've learned that Narrowmouth tadpoles are plankton eaters, so I don't want to accidentally get rid of his food source.
Other than the sad that accrued in the morning, things generally went well. One potential issue occurred though. When I was releasing the rest of these fellas my friend, the neighborhood feral cat decided to show up. Not wanting her to try to catch em, I led her away and gave her the attention and treats she wanted. When I came back the three that were still in the pool area were still there (when I was trying the get the other three into the pool area, flew the coop.)
I'm a bit sad to see them go, but overall it's a happy day. 5 out of the 10 Spadefoots graduated today (the remaining to graduate tomorrow.) It was the plan after all: raise them until they're ready to go off on their own, to give them the chance they otherwise would not have. They came from the yard, and now they return to the yard. As one would expect, a mountain of photos below. Hoss is easily stands out from the rest in the photos below.