Acquired: Pet store
Posted Feb 29, 2016
I had a phase when I was in middle school where I absolutely loved amphibians (I still do, but I don't currently own any). I don't recall all of the circumstance but I ended up in the possession of a bullfrog tadpole (it may have been caught by an industrious friend during a pond cleanup - they are considered invasive where I grew up). Anyhow, I ended up trying to raise it up into a frog.
It was an overall disappointing experience. One thing to keep in mind if you are planning on raising a frog of this species from a tadpole is that the large tadpole can take over a year to fully metamorphosis into an adult. It's really neat to watch the stages of the little creature growing arms and legs, but they are very sensitive to temperature and environmental changes. They require a lot of monitoring.
Their housing needs can be a challenge as well as the needs change as the tadpole grows up. Essentially in the beginning it can be kept like a fish, but as it grows it needs ways to get out of the water and the necessities of an adult. It can be a little tricky to work out.
Unfortunately, my own little critter never made it fully into an adult frog, but I know others who have had success and had a good experience raising these.