I swiped a few eggs for observation and we watched tiny tadpoles hatch and devour algae and leaf litter in a tank set up in the office. We’d keep them for a few days then dump them back in the pond to experience bigger digs. Rinse and repeat. We’re on the fourth or fifth tadpole infusion here.
We’ve seen a few tadpoles in the pond with a leech attached to them, but they seemed just fine. The leech would glean a blood meal and off they’d go, right? All knowing Google told me the leeches in my pond primarily ate the detritus in the muck at the bottom.
Google was very wrong.
Last night we noticed a tadpole in the tank had a leech on it. And then 2 and then 4…and I didn’t want to try and remove them because I thought detaching them might injure the poor guy more.
Checked on the little guy this morning and there was nothing left of him but some translucent skin and a dark green little mouth. Looks like they saved the lips for last. Ugh. Shiver me timbers.