"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

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
Habitat Pond
Months active (north) March through July
Months active (south) September through January


Further information

Real tadpole

A real tadpole

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.

In other languages

Language Name
Flag of Japan Japanese オタマジャクシ Otamajakushi
Flag of France small French Têtard
Flag of Spain Spanish Renacuajo
Flag of Germany small German Kaulquappe
Flag of Italy small Italian Girino
Flag of the Netherlands Dutch Kikkervisje
Flagofrussiasmall Russian Головастик Golovastik
Flagofchinasmall Chinese 蝌蚪 Kēdǒu
Flag of South Korea Korean 올챙이 Olchaengi

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