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tadpoles in December


I was amazed to find tadpoles in the pond today. (Not a very good picture I'm afraid) I think they are toads. The pond was frozen over all day about two weeks ago. I hope they survive the winter.


  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,848

    They're in a muddle PP, it feels like spring here today so I'm not surprised.  I doubt if they'll have the reserves to get through a real winter

  • Forester2Forester2 Posts: 1,477

    That is such a surprise Pam although saying that, as Nut says, everything is in a muddle and today even the birds have been singing their spring songs here.

  • I would have thought the adults would have had to hibernate before they could start breeding. There were two separate lots in different parts of the pond and it's not as though we've had a long cold spell to fool them into thinking it's spring.



  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 82,124

    Sometimes frogs and toads will overwinter as tadpoles and metamorphose the following year - think it's to do with food supply if I remember correctly.  A bit of info here 

    keep part of the pond free from ice so it still has plenty of oxygen in the water and they should be fine. 

    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh

  • hi Dove,

    I saw a programme where some tadpoles in mountain lakes didn't develope into frogs.

    The ones in my pond are newly hatched. They are all in clumps on waterweed. They must have been laid about a month ago and I did think i heard toads calling one night when the dog had his walk.

    I will do as you suggest and  keep that bit of pond free of ice, maybe float a ball in.

    Perhaps the toads know something we don't and we aren't going to have any cold weather and go straight into spring. image



  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,848

    That would suit me PP, no winterimage

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 82,124

    Oooh, I like a few sharp frosts to kill the bugs - but not long drawn out stuff like last year. 

    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh

  • Wow! You must have been amazed by that.

    I get irrationally excited if I find just a frog in my pond. image

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