my wand is rusting, i am such an idiot!
i could just feed myself to the biggest python i can find!
i have been watching the mud puddles at work...tadpoles drying up in the sun. yesterday, i drove past one (they are on our gravel road) adn there was hardly any water left in it compared to the other day...and someone had drove through it. grrrrrr. well, they didn't know. anyway, the treefrog tads were in water barely covering their backs in some places. others were no more than 1 inch deep. the average area was 4" across. basically the size of a deer footprint.
so, i thought to myself (or denied to myself) they are literally stacked like sardines in this tiny amount of water so they should be ok in my 20-30 gal puddle at home. i brought a very large number home and added them to the others i had (just a few). i left even more than i took home.
today, i can barely see in there from the cloudiness. however, i am certain they died, even though i don't see any dead ones. the ones i had already have more pigment than the new guys. they had been in such muddy tan clay water they had little pigment at all. or, i assume that is the reason. they seem to gain pigment after about a week in my puddle.
i say they died b/c when i put them in they practically covered the bottom of my puddle, though they did have some room to spread out b/c they didn't swim around my rock. there should be so many in there, though, that they should be easy to find and they are not! they only had back legs and in my experience there is no way they would have morphed in 24 hours!
i wanna cry! then again, they were going to die anyway. today i checked again to get more to add to my emergency "pond." they had graded the road and dead ones were all over! then i came home and couldn't find the ones i got yesterday. waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!