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Artwork of tadpole
Real-world info
Name: Hyla japonica
(Japanese tree frog)

Family: Hylidae (tree frogs and relatives)
Main appearances

Other appearances
Names in other languages

The tadpole is a fish (technically an amphibian) introduced in Animal Crossing: New Leaf. It appears as a tiny shadow that can be found in ponds all day from spring to mid summer. 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."

Time of year Mar – Jul
Time of day All day
Peak times N/A
Location Pond
Shadow size Tiny
Fish size 4 cm
Selling price  100 Bells
Furniture 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  100 Bells
Request reward  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 Tiny
Rarity Common
Spawn requirement Appears from the start of the game
Selling prices  Nook's Cranny 100 Bells
 C.J. 150 Bells
Furniture 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 donating to Blathers or selecting "Tell me about this!" in New Horizons, he will provide the following information about the fish:

"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, beneath the frog.

Fishing Tourney[edit]

In New Leaf[edit]

During a Fishing Tourney, when given a tadpole, Chip will say the following:

"Tadpoles are something my mom used to make for us as a snack for watching home movies. They're not bad! Sort of like a kinda beaver-only popcorn! Nyuk nyuk! ...Anyway, bottoms up!"


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.

More information on this topic is available at Wikipedia.

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 (lit. "frog fish")

German Kaulquappe Tadpole

European Spanish Renacuajo Tadpole

European French Têtard

Italian Girino