Help … my Community Garden needs Tadpoles

Odd but true, the Frog pond had to be cleaned off went the Frogs now we need to a call for Tadpoles! If you can please leave a message and I'll get right back! Thank you...a bit of helpful info below..

Know what you are collecting

It is easy to collect toadpoles instead of tadpoles in which case you will end up with cane toads, not frogs. Visit the Frogsafe website for more information.


Short, wide plastic containers, trays, aquariums are suitable to house tadpoles and it is recommended to have soil on the bottom (about 15mm deep), water plants and protruding rocks to allow the developing frogs to emerge from the water. The water need not be deep, but a large surface area is necessary if an aerator is not used. Rain water (collected directly from the rain and not from metal roofs or through copper pipes) should be used allowing for about 1L per adult frog – fluorinated water may be toxic to frogs.   The water will need changing when it becomes cloudy.

Keep the container away from direct sunlight to prevent the water from becoming too hot and killing the tadpoles but an hour or so of daily sunlight is essential for development. During hot weather, water may need to be added to compensate for evaporation. Care should also be taken to ensure no chemicals are sprayed near the container and that they are protected from predators such as cats or rats.


Tadpoles will eat greens including lettuce (not cos or iceberg), broccoli, or baby spinach. It is best to rinse and freeze these before feeding. Be careful that the water does not become fouled from overfeeding, so only add food once the previous meal has vanished – usually twice daily is good. You can also collect leaves which have some algal growth from the bottom of a local creek to add to your container.

Reliable information about caring for tadpoles and frogs is available on the following sites:

Frogsafe Inc.

Amphibian Research Centre

The Victorian Frog Group

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