Raising A Spring Peeper: Tadpole to Frog

Spring Peeper tiny New on finger

Watching the transformation from tadpole to frog is so fun to watch. I’ve been raising different kinds of frogs for a while now but this was my first spring peeper. The egg that I was lucky enough to find was super tiny. I found it in a roadside ditch filled with water. It was an area near my house that I’ve seen (and heard!) adult spring peepers during breeding season. This is between February and June. They lay eggs individually and attach them to submerged aquatic vegetation. This is in contrast to other frogs of Maryland that lay their eggs in clumps or strands.Spring Peeper Tiney Tadpole Here you can see the tiny tadpole (above) and when it got a little bigger (below).

Spring Peeper Tadpole No LegsNo legs yet.Spring Peeper Back Legs

Back legs!Spring Peeper RaisingA frog raising container can be anything with a wide mouth. What I mean is that you don’t want something shaped like a glass. You want something with proportionally more surface area. This baking dish worked well.Spring Peeper FeedingIf the lettuce that you are feeding your tadpole(s) starts to rot, take it out. Add fresh food.

Add small pieces of lettuce at a time to prevent soiling the water.

Change out half of the water in the container as needed. Usually every other day but more frequently as they grow and if you have multiple frogs. Replace the water with clean room temperature water. Make sure you don’t add water with bleach in it.

Use a turkey baster to suck up the nasty water and feces that accumulates at the bottom of the container.

Spring Peeper Legs N TailThis spring peeper crawled out of the water. Make sure you have a cover on your container when they start growing legs. You don’t want them to get lost in your house. Spring Peeper Shrinking TailThis frog is absorbing its tail.Spring Peeper Absorbed TailGoing going gone!

Here is the link to my post on raising green tree frogs. Here you will find more tips on raising small frogs.

I hope this post has inspired you to want to raise your own frogs. Best of luck.


6 thoughts on “Raising A Spring Peeper: Tadpole to Frog

  1. Allison

    Hi –
    Just found your website — really appreciate it since I am a Marylander integrating nature into my family’s everyday life. I had a few questions about the details of raising spring peepers, for optimal results. I’ve never down this before:

    -what temperature did you keep your house when raising the tadpoles?
    -did you keep them in the sun or partial sun? what type of light?
    - wondering if you used distilled water or tap water?
    -did you boil the lettuce or provide it fresh?
    -did you use a bubbler?
    -it looks like you provided rocks from where you found them?


  2. Allan J Varrs

    How did you get a spring peeper tadpole? I live in Massachusetts and it’s hard to find fully developed spring peepers. How did you it? Did you find the tadpole in a puddle or a pond?

  3. jane Post author

    Allan, I found the egg in a roadside ditch (an ephemeral pool) in MD near my house. It was just luck. I was collecting “pond” water to provide food for young salamander larvae that I was raising at the time.
    Best, Hester Jane

  4. jane Post author

    Room temperature more or less. They can survive the water getting cold but if it is too cold it will slow down development. Also keep in mind if the water gets really warm then the oxygen level will go down and they could die.
    I put them where sunlight was reaching them from a window but not directly next to the window where they can get too hot.
    I used tap water (from my well) but be aware that you don’t want to use chlorinated city water!
    I lightly boiled the lettuce but I’ve heard that some tadpoles eat fresh.
    Some frogs need a bubbler but the spring peeper didn’t. Changing some of the water daily is important though.
    Any old rocks. A perching rock is important when they are about to metamorphose. Also, tadpoles seem to like to have a place to hide behind.
    Hope this helps.
    Hester Jane

    Best of Luck!

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