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Tadpole Gallery

"I caught a tadpole... it's just a tad small."" —New Horizons

The tadpole is a common fish introduced in New Leaf. It appears in holding ponds.

When donated to the museum in New Horizons, it is located in the Pond Tank, under a lily pad on which the frog sits. The tadpole's location makes it somewhat hard to spot, unless the player reads the museum display card to pan the camera over to where they are.

In New Leaf, it is located in a cylindrical tank in the River Exhibit separate from the frog.

Donation to the museum[]

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[]

Upon donation or selecting "Tell me more about this!", Blathers, the curator, will say:

"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[]

New Leaf[]

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

New Horizons[]

Encyclopedia Information
"I caught a tadpole... It's just a tad small."
Habitat Pond
Months active (north) March through July
Months active (south) September through January

Further information[]

Real tadpole

A real tadpole

Main article: Tadpole on Wikipedia

Tadpoles are the larval stage of frogs and toads. 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. Tadpoles typically will not eat during the later stages of their metamorphosis. The hind legs appear first, and the front legs second. Their gills shrink away, and they start to breathe air. As their tails get absorbed into their bodies, tadpoles become froglets or toadlets when they leave the water.

In other languages[]

Language Name Translation
Japan Japanese オタマジャクシ Otamajakushi -
France French Têtard -
Spain Spanish Renacuajo -
Germany German Kaulquappe -
Italy Italian Girino -
The Netherlands Dutch Kikkervisje -
Russia Russian Головастик Golovastik -
China Chinese 蝌蚪 Kēdǒu -
South Korea Korean 올챙이 Olchaengi -

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