How do I identify a tadpole?

How do I identify a tadpole?


  1. Size (snout to tail)
  2. General body shape.
  3. Head size and shape.
  4. Eye placement (top or sides)
  5. Spiracle (breathing tube) placement.
  6. Size of dorsal (top) fin.
  7. Size of ventral (bottom) fin.
  8. Size and coloration of tail musculature (middle muscle in the tail)

What do tadpoles first look like?

Although the tiny tadpoles will eventually become air-breathing frogs, the creatures that emerge at first look more like tiny fish than anything that might ever walk on land. The newly-hatched tadpoles consist of a tail, a rudimentary set of gills and a mouth.

How long does it take for a tadpole to become a frog?

about 14 weeks
Once hatched, tadpoles take about 14 weeks to transform into tiny frogs. Toad tadpoles take a little bit longer, becoming toadlets after about two months. They develop back legs first, then front legs, while the tadpole’s tail shrinks and its body becomes less rounded. They also develop lungs and eardrums.

What does a tadpoles look like?

Tadpoles do not resemble frogs or toads much at all — they look more like fish, in terms of the shapes of their bodies and their long, finlike tails. Frog and toad tadpoles tend to be earthy in color, such as brown, gold and green shades. Their bodies display markings such as spots and speckles.

What are small black tadpoles?

An all-black tadpole is a “toadpole.” In springtime, if you are lucky enough to live in such an area, you may experience one of nature’s many wonders: frogspawn.

What do I feed tadpoles?

Tadpoles are vegetarian at first and will naturally eat algae and other pond plants but you can feed them boiled lettuce, spinach and other greens. Add a small amount at a time and gradually increase this as the tadpoles get bigger and hungrier.

What do little black tadpoles eat?

Wild tadpoles will eat whatever is available. This usually includes whatever remains of their egg, algae and the leaves or roots of any aquatic plants. Some of their favorite plants include duckweed and mosses. Tadpoles will also eat frog eggs, mosquito larvae, bugs, and the carcasses of any dead animals in the water.