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"I caught a tadpole... I'm sure it will grow on me." —New Leaf

The tadpole (オタマシャクシ, Otamashakushi?) is a common fish introduced in New Leaf. It appears in holding ponds.

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In New Leaf

In New Leaf, an information board in the aquarium will list information about this fish.

"Tadpoles are nothing more than baby frogs and generally inhabit ponds and streams. Their round heads and quirky style of movement give them a different kind of cuteness from adult frogs. They become more frog-like when they eventually grow legs and start to lose their tails. Unlike fish, though, their skin is very delicate because they do not have scales, so handle carefully."

In New Horizons

"Undoubtedly you know that tadpoles eventually turn into frogs. I must say, I find them impossibly adorable with their squiggly little tails. But even cuter... when they sprout legs! Why, we can witness accelerated evolution in these squirmy little ones. Hoo, it makes me so emotional!"

Encyclopedia information

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Fish
Encyclopedia Information
Tadpole encyclopedia (New Leaf)
"I caught a tadpole... I'm sure it will grow on me."
Size 1.5 inches
Habitat Holding pond
Season March to July


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Further information

Tadpoles are the larval stage of a frog. Unlike frogs, they don't have legs. During the tadpole stage of the amphibian life cycle, most respire by means of autonomous external or internal gills. They do not usually have arms or legs until the transition to adulthood, and typically have a large, flattened tail with which they swim by lateral undulation, similar to most fish.

Real tadpole

A real tadpole


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