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Tadpole NH.png
Scientific name
Hyla japonica
(Japanese tree frog)
Hylidae (tree frogs and relatives)
Months available March to July
Times available All day
Location Pond
Size 4cm
Shadow size Tiny
Rarity Uncommon
Sell price 100 Bells
Main appearances
Other appearances
Name in other languages

Japanese オタマジャクシ
Simplified Chinese 蝌蚪
French Têtard
Spanish Renacuajo
Italian Girino
Russian Головастик

Korean 올챙이
Traditional Chinese 蝌蚪
Quebec French Têtard
Latin American Spanish Renacuajo
German Kaulquappe
Dutch Kikkervisje

The Tadpole (オタマジャクシ, Otamajakushi) is a fish (technically an amphibian) introduced in Animal Crossing: New Leaf. It lives in ponds, sharing its spot with Crawfish, Killifish, and Frogs. They sell for only 100 Bells, making them the cheapest fish in the game. It is unspecified what species of frog the Tadpoles are, but they are assumed to be the same species as the Frogs are.

Catch details[edit]

In New Leaf[edit]


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

Times March - July: All Day
Peak Times -
Location Holding pond
Shadow Size Tiny
Fish Size 4cm
Selling Price 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 100 Bells
Tank Size 1.0 x 1.0

In Pocket Camp[edit]



Event Availability None
Location Lost Lure Creek
Shadow Size Tiny
Fish Size 3.3 cm - 4.7 cm
Catch Rate Cannot be caught at this time.
Selling Price 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 100 Bells
Request Reward 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 100 Bells, 2 Heart PC Icon.png Friendship Points

In New Horizons[edit]


"I caught a tadpole... It's just a tad small."

Time of Year North: Mar – Jul
South: Sep – Jan
Time of Day All day
Location Pond
Shadow Size X-Small
Total Catch 0
Selling Prices Nook's Cranny NH Map Icon.png Nook's Cranny99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 100 Bells
C.J. NH Character Icon.png C.J.99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 150 Bells
Tank Size 1.0 x 1.0

Donating to the museum[edit]

In New Leaf[edit]

Upon donation to the museum, the information board in front of the tank that houses the Tadpole says the following:

"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[edit]

When asked about the fish, Blathers will say the following:

"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!"

The Tadpole can be found in the open, recessed tank in the freshwater fish room in the museum.

Real-world information[edit]

Some real-life tadpoles

Tadpoles are frogs in their larval stage. They have no arms or legs until adulthood and usually live underwater.


Names in other languages[edit]

Japanese オタマジャクシ
Tadpole (lit. "ladle")

Korean 올챙이

Simplified Chinese 蝌蚪

Russian Головастик

Dutch Kikkervisje Tadpole (literally: frog fish)

German Kaulquappe Tadpole

European Spanish Renacuajo Same as in English.

European French Têtard

Italian Girino

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