Our Nursery has bullfrogs, green frogs, with some leopard frogs around but mostly these large tadpoles are bullfrogs and green frogs.
To get all bullfrogs--you must order the bulk quantity from our Fishery*
What do tadpoles eat? They eat mostly algae and soft bodies plants like Mermaid plant, Cabomba, and Anacharis. Mermaid is by far their favorite. 12 tadpoles can eat 20 bunches in about 10-20 days! Hopefully there is some algae in the pond to satisfy their craving but these plants are great as well.
Tadpoles add character and ambiance to a water garden setting. Listening to the frogs singing in the springtime is joyful! Bullfrog Tadpoles are harmless and feed on mosquito larvae and algae in the pond. They also feed on any insect eggs before the eggs hatch. Eventually, these tadpoles change into small frogs and begin eating insects around the pond. Unlike toads, frogs must stay near a water source. It is fun to see frogs sunning themselves while sitting on rocks around the pond or on lily pads on lazy, sunny afternoons. These are large tadpoles.
Please note the cost with a minimum quantity!
This is a BOX, full of water and oxygen, as well as tadpoles.
It is very heavy, usually 8-10 lbs. Boxes contain usually 20% water and 80% oxygen.
Oxygen is most important.
Small Quantity Tadpoles ship Fedex or USPS priority mail.
Q. Why do you sell bulk quantity and small quantity separate?
A. They come from two separate locations. Tadpoles most commonly arrive in separate boxes from other items with the exception of trapdoor pond snails if you order those also.
Bulk Quantity ship in larger boxes and only by overnight express, a charge of which we build into the cost of the tadpoles* Bulk Quantity are only Bullfrog tadpoles... Note you are on our small quantity item.
Smaller Quantity tadpoles can be shipped Priority mail or ground only in spring or late autumn as they cannot tolerate long trips during high or low temperatures.
Smaller Quantities are shipped out during summer or winter months with slower shipping methods.
Be Ready On Arrival!
Tadpoles should spend as little time in transit as possible. The bag inside the box is filled with about 80% oxygen and only 20% or so, of water. Tadpoles have extremely active metabolisms and excrete a higher percentage of waste-- much more than the fish we ship. 100% or near 100%, should arrive alive, even though the water in the box is turning toxic quickly. Do not open the bag to change water or put it in the sun for even a moment, as you will release the remaining oxygen we added.
Take the box of tadpoles immediately to the pond. Release near vegetation as gently as possible. Vegetation provides food and some protection from predators like bass or birds.
DO NOT FLOAT THE BAGS, the water in the bag is no longer any good, and even on cloudy days the sun will be enough to heat the water in the bag quickly. In a backyard pond it would be best to have a mesh fish net at least 10 inches across and a 5 gallon bucket or container. Next, place your net on top of an empty bucket and slowly pour the water and tadpoles through the net on the top. The water should go through the net into the bucket and the tadpoles should be caught in the fine mesh net. Immediately put the tadpoles into the water. These Bullfrog Tadpoles are too large for tanks or aquariums and will not survive there, as the water fouls far too quickly.
Creating a Frog Population in a Pond
Tadpoles eat small bits of soft algae, submerged plants like Mermaid (favorite), Vallisneria, Anacharis, and Cabomba. They also eat mosquito larvae when present in water. Adult frogs are territorial and need vegetation to stay around. Pickerel Rush, Waterlilies, obedient plant, and other plants that attract pollinators are great for a larger frog population as they increase protection and food supply. Bullfrog tadpoles are too large for tanks or aquariums and will not survive there. The water fouls far too quickly. They need an amazing amount of clean fresh water, a way to get out by the time they have front legs as they are also using lungs by then, and live submerged plants as food.