When should tadpoles/froglets/frogs be fed with bugs or released?

Rains, as usual, arrived, and amphibians are having a party where they still exist. Temporary water bodies in the woods are full of tadpoles now. I’ve never raised tadpoles, and kind of have an idea of how to do so, but have not done it because I don’t know when their diet changes from herbivory to eating insects. Is it relevant to know the frog species? Is that diet change sudden or gradual?
Any explanation is accepted and thanked.

leave them alone.

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Let me try!

Kuzmin_SL_1996_Feeding_amphibians_metamorph-libre.pdf (d1wqtxts1xzle7.cloudfront.net)

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@elpatitojuan2, I agree with pisum, to leave the tadpoles where they are so that they can naturally complete their life cycle (or become food for other wildlife!). There are a lot of resources online about raising frogs/toads, and I don’t think animal husbandry is part of the iNat Forum’s scope. Also, you may need to check your local regulations. In my area, taking tadpoles would be illegal without explicit permission from our state’s wildlife organization.


There are thousands of tadpoles in the pools, and I’m definitely not planning to take them all.

I’m not exactly asking how to take care of them, but about a part of their life cycle I don’t fully understand. But, OK, I will try to check other online sources

Man, don’t worry about regulations. The only way the local government interacts with the very few local amphibians is when they destroy their habitats. I’m in Mexico, where I’m seriously the only person thinking about tadpoles today in my city. The Yucatan peninsula’s, extraordinary nature is going through a horrible crisis today, thanks to touristic development, urbanization, the Mayan train… and the few places left around my city are planned to become new hotel zones full of tourists. Please don’t think that the government would put regulations to protect tadpoles!

I think this is useful enough, thanks.