Tadpole

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"I caught a tadpole... I'm sure it will grow on me." —New Leaf
"I caught a tadpole... It's just a tad small." —New Horizons
Tadpole
 
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Tadpole NH.png
Scientific name Hyla japonica
Family Hylidae
Time of year March to July
Time of day All day
Location Pond
Size 4cm
Shadow size Tiny
Rarity Uncommon
Selling price 100 Bells
Main Appearances
Other Appearances

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.

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.

Further 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]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese オタマジャクシ
otamajakushi
Spanish Renacuajo Same as in English.
French Têtard
Dutch Kikkervisje Tadpole (literally: frog fish)
German Kauiquappe
Italian Girino
Korean 올챙이
olchaeng-i
Chinese 蝌蚪
kēdǒu
Russian Головастик
Golovastik
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