When do Tadpoles Hatch?

by Russ on April 5, 2014

Tadpoles can be seen in huge numbers in April and May.

Many frogs have been steadily laying their frogspawn over the last few weeks, with some ponds now fit to bust!

Following hibernation, female frogs can lay several thousands of eggs. As she lays them into the water, the male is right behind her, ready to fertilise each egg.

Frogspawn can be found in huge clumps in April.From day one the small black dot in the middle of egg starts to grow, gradually becoming recognisable as a tadpole.

The eggs will usually hatch within a month of being laid, so you can expect to see newly hatched tadpoles towards the end of April or early May.

Like some other vertebrates, the tadpoles will continue to feed on the yolk they were born with for a few days after hatching.

This means they won’t need anything to eat whilst newly hatched, giving them an extra chance of survival in the jungle that is the back garden!

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Chris July 28, 2015 at 8:59 pm

why have I still got tadpoles In SUrrey, it is nearly AUgust? should they not be frogs now?

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Russ H July 29, 2015 at 11:41 am

Hi Chris, Tadpole growth can be affected by the amount of food available to them. Sometimes tadpoles have even been known to overwinter as a juvenile stage, becoming an adult frog in the new year.

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