Frequently Asked Questions
about... spawn and tadpoles:
I still have tadpoles late in the the
year (into autumn), is this normal?
Tadpoles / larvae usually develop into young amphibians and leave the
pond during the summer months, but occasionally you might still see them
in the pond throughout autumn and winter. These 'overwintering' tadpoles
complete their development the following spring. There could be several
reasons for this slow development:
The pond may be so crowded that the tadpoles are short of food. The pond may be too cold, due to a shaded location or steep-sided
Crowding is likely to resolve itself over time. If the pond is shaded,
consider cutting back some of the overhanging vegetation to increase the
amount of light and warmth reaching the surface of the water.
At this stage, do not attempt to help these 'slow-growers' by providing
extra food or taking them out of the pond - you could end up with them
completing their development in the middle of winter when
there is no food around to support them. They will be fine in the pond
until next spring.
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