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Old 01-19-2005, 05:29 PM
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My vents lay eggs with extremely thick egg casings, and if they get a little dry, they become almost impermeable to tadpoles. I rarely extricate tads, but if they no longer have external gills and the eggs start to cloud up, I use a razor blade to cut the casing open. If you are careful and avoid the tads tail, you can almost 1/2 the casing. Be very careful though, since puncturing the casing may cause it to collapse around the tad and prevent them from moving and obtaining oxygen and food. Its a delicate process and should only be done when absolutely necessary, but I have raised many tads, which were manually removed from their eggs, into healthy froglets.
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