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    Posted: 04 Feb 2004 at 11:57pm
I have a tadpole in my pond that refuses to grow up.It has been there since june 2003.I have been watching it today 04/02/2004 swimming happily around. Will it ever evolve.
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Ron, sometimes tadpoles will over-winter, the reasons are not always clear, but for some reason they do not complete development in a single season as most do.

It maybe because of conditions in the pond, too much competition from other tadpoles, lack of nutrients, the factors are varied.

Keep an eye on this one, I suspect it will metamorphose into a froglet this year!

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Hiya Ronbell,

I have an old bath planted up for taddies to overwinter, it's outdoor of course and sheltered from the worse of wind.  I let it be, use it for bringing on new plants.  The taddies do well in it, it will produce froglets this year, how many, I could not say.

It is not unusual to see tadpoles fail to evolve, one would think those 'born' earliest would have a head start, that is not so.  I have found early spawnings to be a very long affair, the later spawnings however, they tramp on.

Let us know how your taddie develops

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Originally posted by administrator administrator wrote:

Ron, sometimes tadpoles will over-winter, the reasons are not always clear, but for some reason they do not complete development in a single season as most do.

It maybe because of conditions in the pond, too much competition from other tadpoles, lack of nutrients, the factors are varied.

Keep an eye on this one, I suspect it will metamorphose into a froglet this year!

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Hi Gemma and DavenDogs,

thanks for the replies,will take on board your advice and will keep you posted of any signs of taddy growing up.

Cheers Ron.

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I've had Tadpoles over winter on a number of ocasions, i find it's quite common but as long as your pond is quite deep no harm will come to your tadpoles :)
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