Great question, and luckily the answer is NO!
Polliwogs or tadpoles do not need air to breath.
They have gills like a fish and get oxygen from
the water like a fish. As long as there is still
liquid water underneath the frozen surface of
the pond, the tadpoles will be fine. Frogs on
the other hand do need air to breathe. When the
cold months come and their homes are frozen
over, many frogs that live in water will
hibernate or sleep to save energy. During
hibernation these frogs do not need to breathe
as much so they can get enough oxygen from the
water to survive the winter. Frogs that live on
land will dig little holes in the dirt and
hibernate there until it gets warmer. When the
tadpoles turn into frogs they will know what to
do to survive. Frogs are used to living in very
cold places, so there is no need to worry!
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