It's going on 6 weeks since the tadpoles hatched in rain water in my wheelbarrow. Since then, we've gotten 9" of rain. I've been feeding them boiled lettuce and spinach (hope the little buggers don't get e.coli poisoning..giggle) and just recently, the largest are starting to show rear legs.
Trouble is..nights are getting cold and in this elevated 'pond' the water temp can't be conducive to mosquito larvae development (tadpole major food) and I worry these little guys won't have time to grow into proper frogs.
If I net them out will they develop faster if I dump them into the creek?
It's a pretty fast running creek but there's a section before a small spillway that could be better shelter.
I've devoted a month feeding these little guys and moving the wheelbarrow into and out of the sun.
I think it might be time to let nature take its course and set them free.