Does anyone know anything about tadpole metamorphosis?

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    I have a leopard frog tadpole thats been a tadpole for over half a year now with no change. It's in the one gallon tank that it came with and gets weekly water changes as per the instructions. This thing just refuses to change into a frog. Anyone have any clue?
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  2. Gregg2 macrumors 603

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    Yes, and that Someone has posted it on Wikipedia.
    Isn't there a tadpole forum? ;)
     
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    TadpoleRumors? :p
    I think wikipedia is a safe bet
     
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    There seems to be a forum or Facebook group for everything. Look for an amphibian group, exotic pets group, or even a frog grower/breeder group. If they are anything like MacRumors, when you ask this question they might answer with, "Do a forum search!" :p
     
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    Hahaha, that's kind of creepy ... are you familiar with the old Dreamcast game Seaman?
     
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    This is a fascinating thread.

    Has that particular species any specific characteristics that may cause a delay in the process of metamorphosis?

    Also, as a general observation, do such changes occur more readily in spring rather than in autumn heading into winter?

    From what I have read, in the northern hemisphere, I cannot imagine any animal or amphibian (or plant) choosing to undergo such dramatic and energy demanding changes in the late autumn; spring would strike me as a more usual time for such a thing to take place.
     
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    Dudley Tadpole maybe glancing at his calendar. A good clue to explore. :) However if he has been around for 6 months he did have had an adequate opportunity to change. My understanding is that frogs hibernate in the winter, so maybe timing of metamorphosis for reproduction purposes is not that critical, but as you might tell, I’m guessing. :)
     
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    It’s because of the chemicals in the drinking water. A reliable source told me they’re turning the frikking frogs gay.
     
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    Well, I would be rather surprised if the tadpole changed form before spring. The OP says he has had the tadpole for half a year, but I am not sure at what time of the year such changes are supposed to occur.

    How old was the tadpole when the OP got it? Have there been any changes at all - i.e. - increases in size - during the time that the OP has had the tadpole?
     
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    @WarHeadz, did you read up on tadpole rearing? I can easily imagine unprepared tap water having chemicals that interfere with metamorphosis. In minnesota they gathered and looked for deformed frogs in ponds/lakes as an indicator of contaminated water.
     
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    I should have mentioned in the OP, I add a solution to the water to condition it. It came with the tadpole as well. I bought the whole kit from naturegifts.com

    I’m surprised at all the replies here!
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    His back legs grew a little in the time I had him. Just checked the receipt, I got him in June. So not 6 months yet, about 4.5.
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    That could very well be the problem. Seems like the company is sending me another tadpole so I’ll have two of them soon:
     
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    How old was he when you got him?

    And what information (if any) were you given at the time?

    Candidly, I would be surprised if further change occurred before spring. However, if the back legs have appeared (and they appear first), then the process of transformation should be - to some extent - already underway.
     
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    When I got him the back legs had already started growing. He’s been stuck in the same place ever since.
     
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    If his (his/ hers? its?) back legs had started growing then the transition or transformation or metamorphosis was in train; I am curious as to why it may have become arrested.
     
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    Damn kid thinks he can avoid paying rent if he refuses to grow up :p
     
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    Interesting thread actually. It made me google to read up a little...as I’m sure you already have. Some sources mentioned things from too cold of water to not enough food to delayed metamorphosis due to wintering to (they finish next spring) to a genetic problem.

    You kinda sucked me in so I hope you provide updates.
     
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    What a nice little pet :)
    I think this guy is planning on going full leopard soon, skipping the frog part altogether :D
     
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    Do Lionesses date Leopards? :)
     
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    Maybe arriving through the postal service didn’t vibe well with him?
     
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    I love all cat’s :p
     
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    I’ve checked so many sources, I’m starting to think it’s a genetic issue. I guess we’ll find out soon because the company is sending another tadpole as per their warranty,
     
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    Then you gotta love this cat in doggy obedience school...
     
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    Fair enough.

    Will you keep No 1? If only to see whether he/she/it does proceed with the process of metamorphosis this coming spring.
     
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    Yeah, poor thing. I don't love all humans though o_O
     

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