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I am fairly certain they're american toads. Hard to say at this stage but they reeeeeally resemble them.
The kids got these over the weekend from mom's farm. All the rain we've been having lately has made it the prime place for gathering, apparently, lol.
The tank they are in, in these pictures is not the tank they are in now. That was a temporary setup last night until I could get their home finished(using non chlorinated water of course). Their actual home has rainwater from the huge puddles they were in and also rainwater we collected today. And it has some rocks and sand/sediment from the puddles they were born in. That way our moving them won't be a shock to their system.
The pictures don't show all of them. There's at least 30, maybe 40. I lost count. I'll get better pictures as they get bigger. but for now...
This was the best I could get of just one, lol while trying to transfer them. Tiny lil suckers didn't want to hold still
very cool! I remember catching tadpoles from our neighbor's pool (before it was set up for the season) as a kid. My dad used to set them up in a bucket so we could watch them grow LOL Not the nice set you described! You've got the froggie ritz! LOL
I plan to take more pics as they all grow. A couple of them have buds starting, or mounds where the buds will be starting. The kids are really excited. See these are actually *my* "mother's day gift" from them. Which is actually pretty awesome, if you ask me.
I grew up bringing every possible critter into my house, drove my mom nuts but she never turned any of them away. Snakes, frogs, turtles, fish, cats, dogs, rabbits, a duck,hermit crabs, lizards, guinea pigs, hamsters, rats, mice, gerbils, a raccoon(which is the only pet she didn't let me keep, I had to take him to an animal sanctuary. I always took good care of my pets so at the time I didn't understand why I couldn't keep him, but I was only like 8, lol). You name it, I probably owned it. But only if I could actually take care of them, and I always did too.
My kids are the same way, they absolutely love all animals.
The worm farm we wanted to do didn't quite pan out as we were hoping, unfortunately. So tadpoles it is. Perfect for our science lessons. We're done with science for the year but this is a perfect project anyway. It will be a great way for them to practice an actual live "experiment", without it costing me an arm and a leg.