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17/12/2013 at 14:20

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I was amazed to find tadpoles in the pond today. (Not a very good picture I'm afraid) I think they are toads. The pond was frozen over all day about two weeks ago. I hope they survive the winter.

17/12/2013 at 14:29

They're in a muddle PP, it feels like spring here today so I'm not surprised.  I doubt if they'll have the reserves to get through a real winter

17/12/2013 at 15:26

That is such a surprise Pam although saying that, as Nut says, everything is in a muddle and today even the birds have been singing their spring songs here.

17/12/2013 at 15:48

I would have thought the adults would have had to hibernate before they could start breeding. There were two separate lots in different parts of the pond and it's not as though we've had a long cold spell to fool them into thinking it's spring.

 

 

17/12/2013 at 17:52

Sometimes frogs and toads will overwinter as tadpoles and metamorphose the following year - think it's to do with food supply if I remember correctly.  A bit of info here http://www.theguardian.com/theguardian/2010/nov/17/tadpoles-over-winter-in-pond 

keep part of the pond free from ice so it still has plenty of oxygen in the water and they should be fine. 

17/12/2013 at 18:23

hi Dove,

I saw a programme where some tadpoles in mountain lakes didn't develope into frogs.

The ones in my pond are newly hatched. They are all in clumps on waterweed. They must have been laid about a month ago and I did think i heard toads calling one night when the dog had his walk.

I will do as you suggest and  keep that bit of pond free of ice, maybe float a ball in.

Perhaps the toads know something we don't and we aren't going to have any cold weather and go straight into spring.

 

 

17/12/2013 at 18:32

That would suit me PP, no winter

17/12/2013 at 19:12

Oooh, I like a few sharp frosts to kill the bugs - but not long drawn out stuff like last year. 

19/12/2013 at 14:40

Wow! You must have been amazed by that.

I get irrationally excited if I find just a frog in my pond.

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