I am super excited to introduce you all to a fantastic learning resource for teachers, parents, or pet lovers. I personally love GrowAFrog and have worked with them in the past as well as recently. Their products are great, their customer service is great, and the tadpoles are fun to watch. They have lots of options for teachers as well as regular people which makes them very flexible.
Although, their website is a sight for sore eyes, their customer service is fantastic. By email they get back to you very quickly. I have gotten an email back within minutes of emailing them. The most recent order of tadpoles didn’t take to well to my local postal service and came dead but the phone call to GrowAFrog literally took one minute and thirty seconds. They had another tadpole out for delivery the next day. I was very surprised to see them thriving so well these days. My last order of tadpoles was back when I was about 15 or 16 years old and the kit was a little different then it is today. I originally found their kit in The Franklin Institute in Philadelphia, Pa science store. I haven’t been able to find their kits locally but luckily they have like 3 other ways to order.
When i first ordered, the kit only came with a very small habitat, sand for the bottom, maybe even a little decorative tree, and stage one food or tadpole food with a spoon. It also came with a certificate for one or two tadpoles I cant really remember. I do remember that I did recieve two tadpoles for the one little habitat and eventually had to start feeding the tiny pieces of chicken liver once they turned into froglets.
This time I purchased the Tadventures kit. The habitat is a lot larger than the one I bought all those years ago and it includes stage one food, stage two food, and sand for the bottom of the habitat. It also, came with the same little booklet of facts and stories for the kids to read and use. However, this time around I only received one tadpole and it came with the back legs already growing but I am not to upset about that. I bought it for personal reasons not as an educational kit. Sage is only three and while he really likes it and pays close attention to everything I tell him he probably won’t remember and eventually he gets bored.
Stage One Food
This is the stage one food which is more than enough for one or two tadpoles in the same habitat. It makes the water super duper stinky but you don’t really smell it unless you leave the habitat open which you should never do because these guys are escape artists. I will get more into the type of frogs and tadpole habits later.
With this food you are supposed to feed them one little spoon a day. Some of it floats to the bottom and the rest dissolves into the water. These little guys are filter feeders so they eat 24 hours a day. They say this food helps create a natural ecosystem for your little buddies. So, your not supposed to do full water changes, only half water changes every week or 1/4 water changes every other day.
Stage Two Food
This is stage two food for your little froglets. Your supposed to start feeding them this food after they grow their front legs and have only about 1/4 of their tail left. Give them as much as they will eat in a few minutes in the morning and at night. If you run out I know that you can feed them small pieces of chicken liver or I have read that you can feed them Reptomin. Please do your research if you won’t feed them stage two food anymore. These particular frogs are the African Clawed Frogs.
This is the little booklet that comes with every kit I think. Inside you will find stories, facts, and advice on how to care for your froggy friends. It even has a page where you can write the date your froggy friend arrived so that you can celebrate his or her birthday every year. Another page to write down the dates of which each metamorphosis stage began to track the life of your froggy friends and keep kids involved. Be aware that every frog comes with a life time guarantee as well as other guarantees that make sure your frogs are healthy and in tip top shape when you receive them. The life time guarantee is the best thought especially when it comes to kids. Accidents happen. Like maybe you forgot to close the lid on your tank or the cat found its way in. GrowAFrog is there to for you for the life of your froggy friend.
These are the order forms that comes with everything and can give you more of an idea of some of the kits they have and other cool items you can get for your froggy friends. I would really advise checking out their full website and getting a good feel for the company and their product before ordering so that you know exactly what your getting and if that’s really what you want especially if you are ordering for personal gain and not a class room. The cool thing about this company is that if none of your students can take care of the frogglets after they have morphed or if an emergency comes up and you just can’t care for the little guys anymore you can send them back to the company. NEVER let these guys out into the wild as they are an invasive species and can become pests. Not to mention, according to GrowAFrog the average life span of these guys are about 5 years, however, many people who take good care of them have reported them to live for 20 years.
They also grow pretty big too. About the size of a dollar bill but fatter. So, eventually you will need a larger tank. I would suggest to buy the GrowAFrog filter because I don’t know what kind of filter it is but they are very sensitive to movement and not any noisy filter will. Some filter create currents and that isn’t what these guys like. They enjoy still waters.
This is my habitat. I bought the black one because I like black but they have other super fun colors you can get like gilly green, dew blue, and ribbit red. They also have other fun habitats call tube towns and the ‘big n’ hoppy’ for the bigger frogs. Keep in mind that these habitats are just for your frogs not for other fish or creatures. These frogs are carnivorous and will eat anything smaller than them such as other bite sized frogs or fish. I would also advise putting a live plant in the tank like a bamboo plant. You can also put a snail in to help keep the tank clean. It looks pretty plain in these horrible pictures I took but it actually does look nice in person and is an eye catcher when people come over. My nieces and nephews also love it when they come over. It keeps them busy for a while.
My very own tadpole
Last but not least this is my little tadpole. I haven’t given him or her a name yet because I simply don’t know if it is a boy or girl. I wont know until it is months old towards maturity. The girls are bigger than the boys and the boys usually have these black lines on their arms that are called nuptial pads. As I said earlier these little guys are African Clawed Frogs and are filter feeders when they are tadpoles. They are also see through when they are tadpoles. So no need to dissect because you can see the heart the lungs and every other inside part.
They also stay in the water all their lives and should never be taken out but you can interact with them. In fact, once their older they will eat out of your hand even come when called. Some who aren’t so skittish will even let pet and hold them in the water. I can’t stress enough how important it is to keep the lid on. Even when you upgrade to a bigger tank because these guys do get big and you will have to get a bigger tank either from GrowAFrog or from your local pet store these guys like to jump out and try to escape.
If you are looking for a cool and easy beginners pet for yourself or class room GrowAFrog is the place for you. They are in expensive and will become a loving family pet over the years. Unless you are a teacher I wouldn’t suggest buying these just as a science project and if you are a teacher please try to at least find a loving home for them before sending them back. They really are cool lovable creatures that deserve a good home as much as other pets. I highly recommend purchasing from the GrowAFrog website and not amazon because you will have a lot more options. Plus, the more people buy from them the cheaper the prices get and I wouldn’t mind having a frog or two.