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Tadpole ID help.

Postby Becsnel » Wed Aug 21, 2013 10:11 pm

Hi there,
Over the last three weeks i have noticed tadpoles growing on my pool cover, which has pools of water due to rain.
I have contacted a few conservation and frog groups to ID them but noone has been able to help. I now need to remove the pool cover but do not want to harm the poor things so i am gradually removing them and placing them into a large container and feeding them fish flakes.
I live in the Constantia Nova, Cape Town, Western Cape area and would love to know if they are a native species or an introduced species. Should i release them into a stream or keep them till they are older? There are at least 100 of them.
Any help to ID them and pount me in the right direction if possible would be appreciated.
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Re: Tadpole ID help.

Postby Becsnel » Wed Aug 21, 2013 10:12 pm

I was unable to upload the image for some reason but will keep trying.
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Re: Tadpole ID help.

Postby NewtTZ » Thu Aug 22, 2013 10:00 am

Tadpoles are very difficult to identify even with pictures.

I do not know of any exotic introduced frog species in SA.

You can release them into your local pond, dam or Vlei.
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Re: Tadpole ID help.

Postby GregM » Thu Sep 17, 2015 11:35 am

Hey guys,

I understand that Tadpoles are difficult to ID but maybe some from guys here could help, I found this guy in my Fish tank.. Nice mates I have.

this guy is approximately 5-6cm long
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Re: Tadpole ID help.

Postby Bushviper » Thu Sep 17, 2015 1:34 pm

If the frogs could make it all the way to your pool then the chances are good the local vlei will be suitable for them as soon as they are ready to go.
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Re: Tadpole ID help.

Postby alexander » Fri Sep 18, 2015 3:06 pm

Looks like Clicking Stream Frog, they are native. You probably heard them after the rain.
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