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Name: Roxanne Moskal
Near Pittsburgh, PA (Zone 6a)
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roxxanne
Sep 26, 2016 8:40 AM CST
I bought some tadpoles online. Not sure what kind they are, it was a mixture. Anyways, I'm in zone 6A and it's time to start thinking about getting ready for winter. They do not have their legs yet, and I'm concerned. I got an aquarium at a flea market thinking that maybe I should bring them in for the winter. I can keep the aquarium upstairs heated or in the basement where it doesn't go below 40 degrees. Anyone here have any ideas? Thanks!
Name: Elaine
South Sarasota, Florida (Zone 9b)
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dyzzypyxxy
Sep 26, 2016 8:48 AM CST
Roxanne, I think you'll regret it if you bring them in for the winter. They won't stay tadpoles in your aquarium, don't forget. You'll be dealing with frogs living in your house all winter if you do that. You have a cat, (cute little bat-cat in your avatar) so . .. that's another hazard for frogs.

They'll be frogs in a month and will be able to take care of themselves. I'm sure the water won't get that cold before they have their legs and can crawl away to hibernate. If the weather turns cold suddenly, just leave a hose out in the sun, and add warm water on sunny days whenever you can, to keep the water temperature in your pond up a bit longer.

If you would fill in your location on your personal profile, we'll have a lot more information than just a zone. This helps to advise you. Your profile can be found in the blue toolbar to the left, at the top. The little person icon. Zones only tell us your "average" coldest temperature in winter. Not when it first frosts, or how long you might have a warm Indian Summer .
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Horntoad
Sep 26, 2016 10:52 AM CST
dyzzypyxxy said:
They'll be frogs in a month and will be able to take care of themselves.

It really depends on the type of frog. Bullfrogs take several years before the develop legs and leave the water.

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Name: Elaine
South Sarasota, Florida (Zone 9b)
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dyzzypyxxy
Sep 26, 2016 11:14 AM CST
So that means the tadpoles must be able to hibernate, though right? So Roxxanne could still leave them outside.
Elaine

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Name: Roxanne Moskal
Near Pittsburgh, PA (Zone 6a)
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roxxanne
Oct 2, 2016 6:47 AM CST
Thanks for the replies. I am near Pittsburgh. The pond never freezes solid but it does get a thick layer of ice on the top. I keep my pump running to keep the water moving. OK I'll set them free. I was hoping to watch their development, but they are maturing much slower than I thought, I got them in June.
thanks for all the info!

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