Well.. it has been an exciting week! The have seen the eggs develop before our eyes and the tadpoles hatch and grow. We have started feeding them and have to move them to a bigger bowl!! Check out Part 1 of our Toad Life Cycle exploration!
Here is our “food video”
Love the “middle part” where The Boy explains what we have been up to!
And here the photos:
Day 3 Toad Life Cycle: You can see that what were “perfect” black spheres are starting to become a little more bean like.
Day 4 Toad Life Cycle: the tinies of tails are growing! And if you look closely you see the odd twitch. Check out our video posted here to see the movement.
Day 5 Toad Life Cycle: yesterday afternoon a couple of tadpoles had hatched, by morning they were all out (bar the 2-3 undeveloped ones)
Day 6 Tadpole Life Cycle – if you look closely you can see the gills developing. The Boy rather endearingly said “mummy, mummy, they have eye brows”!
Day 7 Toad Life Cycle: The tadpoles are growing (now they are about 7-8mm), the bodies are thickening and there is a lot of ore movement.
Day 7 Toad Life Cycle: movement of the tadpoles – and A head body and tail emerging.
Day 8 Toad Life Cycle: it is getting VERY busy up there. And they are hanging around the top of the vase a lot. On consultation with Rainy Day Mum , we decide they need more space, more water surface area and more oxygen.
Day 8 Toad Life Cycle: they are all in a large bowl now (hiding at the bottom, you can’t see them so well at this angle). Tomorrow, we shall take back at least half if not more of them and fetch some more pond water. Looking after less tadpoles in more water!
So… that’s it for now.
Later, we will be taking MORE tadpoles back to the pond and only keeping 3-4 of them. We will add some rocks to their “pond” – so that as they develop they have a space to rest on.
Also, we will start feeding them garden worms and dead flies.