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From Frogspawn to Frogs

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I am a boy in 5th class who has always been fascinated by animals and nature. Throughout my life I have taken care of many different types of animals, and I was delighted to get the opportunity to take care of the frogspawn in school.

It is a difficult task to take care of frogspawn and tadpoles as they require specific conditions. In captivity they require an artificial environment to ensure the survival of as many tadpoles as possible. In the wild only 0.8% of all tadpoles turn in to frogs and 0.1% will reach adulthood. Most of them are lost to predators (birds and dragonfly larvae) so I needed to create an artificial environment for them. I started by getting an unused fish tank and filling it up with water from the pond where the frogspawn was found and in the water there was some aquatic vegetation that the tadpoles would eat. After that I put in a rock so when the tadpoles would turn into frogs they would have land to go onto and with that done then came the waiting and feeding. I had to feed the tadpoles lettuce, cucumber, apple slices and sweet peppers. I had to feed them for two months every two days while not forgetting about partly changing the water every few weeks.

The hardest part came the day before the Easter holidays started because there was no one
to feed the tadpoles for that two weeks. I had to do something so I went to the Office and asked for the times the school would be open at and wrote them down. As the school day came to an end I took three containers I brought from home and carefully collected the five strongest tadpoles. At home I put the contents of the containers into one large container and added some mineral water.

As the days went by I went to school to feed the tadpoles each time taking a few more tadpoles with me. When it came to the end of the Easter break I had to bring back the tadpoles and frogs as most of them were already frogs. And so I brought them back to school and at the end of the day I said my last goodbye to them as they had to be released that day. Mr. Gregg brought the tiny frogs back to the pond where the frogspawn had been originally collected.   (D.R. - Room 12)







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