Wednesday, June 10, 2009


This is huge! Skipper-the-bullfrog just ate his first live fly. We are so darn proud of our little guy [pause here so I can wipe a tear from my eye]

In the last two weeks we had HUGE changes in our tadpoles. Gilligan all of a sudden matured into a real frog... then died. Not sure what happened there, as he seems to have drowned. Skipper survived and just today absorbed the last of his tail. He can still swim, and actually prefers the water. Clearly we got two different species.

However, Skipper hasn't eaten in about a week and I thought he might be grieving for Gilligan. I've tempted him with every known frog food I could find, even going to the grocery store and fishing around under the lettuce for the leftover slimy bits to bring home. Skipper's got diced squid, bloodworms, and something called "tadpole bites" in there too. Nothing. No poop, either, which really made me nervous. What do you give a constipated frog?

Then, tonight, a lazy fly landed on me. I caught it, and deposited it in the tank. Skipper sensed it and stalked his prey. I think he just needed something live, so now we'll be visiting the pet store for tiny crickets, or hanging around the compost pile for some nice, juicy fruit flies.

Skipper is about the size of the end of my thumb. If he's a bullfrog, he's got a LOT more growing to go.


  1. Yay for Skipper, Pam!! This is so neat they hatched, or grew, not sure how to describe that. We tried it once, but they didn't do anything at all. What do you keep them in?
    it's great,
    Denise of Ingleside, PEI

  2. I'm impressed that you've been able to watch them throughout the process. We had tadpoles in our tiny pond last summer. The goldfish eliminated many of them, but we did get to see one or two tiny guys survive to 'adulthood.'

    I love watching nature happen!