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Blake N.

>My name is Blake N.  I am 5 1/2 years old.  I am in kindergarten at
>Van Buren Elementary School in Yorba Linda, California.
>While on vacation in the desert, I found hundreds of tadpoles growing in
>ponds at the golf course.  My mom and I caught several and brought them home.
>We put them in a tank of cool water and are feeding them fish food.
>I was glad to find your information about the tadpole experiment at Avacado
>school.  I realize that maybe I need to keep my water a bit warmer to
>encourage growth.  Also, I will get some live plants so that could grow using hydroponics so the tadpoles
>have more natural things to eat.
>I am especially interested in knowing how long it takes the tadpoles to
>develop their legs and turn into frogs...  Could you let me know?  Also, any
>other hints on how to care for my tadpoles would be great.
>Thanks very much, I look forward to hearing from you!


Dear Blake,

        It's really great hearing from you! Thank you for writing to us and
telling of your tadpole adventure in the desert.  It sounds as though you
are doing a wonderful job.  Keep up the good work!

        Your tadpoles should sprout legs in about 4 weeks and develop fully
into tiny frogs/toads in about 6 weeks. It all depends of what stage of
development they were in when you found them.  Also try to keep their water
as natural as possible.  The tadpoles in our classroom were place in pond
water.  Yes, it smelled a little but, we didn't want to take any chances on
their ability to survive. Good luck and get ready to have little amphibious
creatures hopping everywhere.  When they get to this stage, place a piece
of cheese clothe over the top of your tank.  Otherwise, they will get out.

Have Fun!!
Carol Ann Delancy (:I)
Avocado Elementary School
Homestead, FL
Primary Magnet Teacher (K-3)

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