Sunday, May 10, 2009

Overwintering Frogs and Tadpoles

Last year we had lots of tadpoles - in both our big pond, and our small pond. We moved most of them to the big pond, because they didn't seem to be developing in the small pond. So a few tadpoles were still swimming round the small pool when winter set in, and so we thought that would be the end of them.

We'll I'm happy to say that I was wrong, and thay have overwintered nicely, are now developing back legs and presumably will turn into frogs later in the year. So that's an interesting thing that I haven't seen written anywhere- tadpoles can take a full year to develop, and so far, it doesn't seem to have done them any harm.

Also today, we saw one of last years frogs swimming in the big pond - a good size and colour, and no doubt there are lots more in the garden. Just waiting for them to get really hungry and eat all the slugs :-)

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At 4:17 p.m., Blogger Cliff Webb said...

Our small pond is absolutely teeming with tadpoles. Never saw so many in my life. It's a bit of an eyesore but I've decided to leave the pond completely alone to encourage more wildlife. Hoping that the frogs will (organically!) consume this spring's bumper crop of slugs and snails.


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