Posted Nov 06, 2014
My daughter and I thought we had done our research before ordering an African Clawed Frog tadpole. We had a lovely aquatic habitat. We had a heater. We had food. We did not, however, have any idea how big the little "Tadpoley" was going to get.
Yes-- we researched African Clawed Frogs, but let me tell you-- the sizes and pictures can be deceiving. It was a giant, see-through tadpole that arrived at our doorstep, and it was a giant, almost albino frog we ended up with a few months later. We tried the all-grown-up Tadpoley in a ten gallon aquarium, but the monstrous 8" frog seemed cramped even after moving out of his tadpole quarters. So we tried a 14 gallon tank we borrowed from a friend. Still seemed small. After so many moves, poor Tadpoley finally settled into a 20 gallon tank, where he lived out the rest of his (surprisingly brief) frog life.
Was all the growing and the moving worth it? Not really, honestly. My daughter would have been just as happy with a much more compact tadpole and frog, and honestly-- seeing that giant frog dipping and diving through the water gave me a bit of the creeps. So-- we loved you, Tadpoley. It's just that you'll be our only African Clawed Frog forever.