I am so excited to report that my 4 young bullfrogs survived our crazy, cold winter. Three of them are very shy and jump right in when I walk up but "Bubba" (yes, I named him!) just sits right there and watches me. He's so docile I had to actually nudge him into the water so I could plant something in the pot where he was sunning.
This past weekend I bought 4 more tadpoles so I should have a pond full of frogs by summer time! I hope I don't regret having 8!
Woke up to 3 lotus buckets full of frog eggs. I'm really hoping that none of them are Cuban Tree Frogs, an invasive species here in Florida. With the unheard of freezes this year, they believe the CTF population will be down (along with Iguanas and Boa constrictors) as they are all south American species. I really am hoping for green tree frogs! I saw a place online that sells leopard frog tadpoles, and very much want some!
I only have toads at this point, and yes...uhg...another set of Cuban Tree frogs. I heard that the abnormally cold winter here this year froze out the invasive species, but much to my disappointment, when I heard frog chatter around my pond and went to look, it was those nasties, doing the nasty. So a yard full of the bad guys again, to eat up all the good guys. :( poo
Lovin' all your frogs! So here is a dumb question... I have a small pond now, we live across the street from a river here in SW Colorado. How do I get some frogs in my pond? If I go for tadpoles, won't the fish eat them? How will they survive the winter? Is this even possible if they have a lovely river to live at across the street?
Okay, that was several dumb questions... but I'm hoping all of you frog people can educate me!
Most likely the frogs will find your pond if they want a quieter place to live. You can relocate tadpoles but just be sure they are bigger than the fishes mouth! LOL. My daughters friends brought me some that needed relocating last summer. They grew and survived but flew the coop in the winter. They go where they want! Hope some come by to vivit your pond. They are so fun to watch.
Well, I'm starting from scratch this year, so I'll be adding probably just some small feeder goldfish, so maybe I can find some tadpoles that are bigger than the fishies mouths! I've not had frogs in any of my ponds, and I'd love some!
Here's a frog I found in a bouquet of iris I cut out by my pond last night. My co-workers and I were stunned to hear a bullfrog croaking coming from the bouquet and when we investigated there he was resting right inside a pink iris.
I think this may be a tree frog and they supposedly give out their mating calls from bushes and trees before moving to a pond so I guess he was waiting to breed in my pond but now he has found himself miles away:( He was quite content for the whole afternoon but I couldn't bring him home with me.
Found this fellow in a potted grapefruit tree this morning. On my deck which is about 6 feet off the ground. Not sure how he managed to get there because it's quite a long way from the stairs and ground.
I'm so glad there are others, like me, that love frogs. I created a water pond in a pot on the patio and this is what I found in it (pic below). He's been there for a couple of weeks now so he may make it a permanent resident. At night he sits on the waterfall in my pond. I guess that's his night on the town.
It still amazes me that all of my other bull frogs are so shy! Bubba is the only one who we get to see. I do have 3 or 4 green tree frogs that my DH is ready to shoot! One of them was on the porch last night and I had to go and track him down and return him to the pond with his buddies. They are SO loud!! But I love them!! One of my daughter's friends was spending the night on Sat and wanted to know if we had ducks!!! She couldn't believe that was a tiny frong making that noise!
Yes, the shell. I just throw the snails on a plant on the edge of the pond and the frogs eat them. Usually the frogs hunt on the hill behind by pond and really control the snails in the yard. Right now though my frogs are singing. I see a new patch of eggs from last night. So they seem to focus on staying close to the pond and protecting their area. They eat snails shell and all. Koi love snails as well. Though that is a rough death for the snail.
I overwintered this one and a friend of his/hers in a Rubbermaid tub along with my fish in the garage last winter. My pond is not deep enough to keep fish or frogs in. The ground was already frozen by the time I emptied it to get the fishes, and the 2 frogs were in there with them.
If the ear and the eye are the same size I've read that the frog is a female. If the ear is much larger than the eye it is a male. Only Male bull frogs sing. I had apple snails now I don't. I have saw one of my Bullfrogs eat A BIRD. I've read they eat mice, birds, lizards... I don't think they care . If it moves, bull frogs will try to eat it.
My mom was over her neighbor's house last summer and was watching a little bird on the edge of his pond when all of a sudden, his big bullfrog jumped out of the water and gobbled up the bird! She ran to the pond but he had taken it down to the bottom and was gone. Oh well, it's the food chain in full motion! Glad I didn't see it though...
Most of the photos are of adults, so I thought I'd add one of the little ones. My yard is literally awash in these little guys, who emerge in waves. Most of the ones that stay around on land are the toads, which this one is, and the tree frogs take off up into the vegetation. Apparently leopard frogs stay near the water source for awhile after they emerge as well, but most of my little ones look like toads, at least once they get big enough to tell! I've found toads less than a centimeter in size on the other side of my house from my pond, so they sure travel fast.
WOOHOO, I have frogs again! We have had frogs in this pond for a few years now and last winter the pond froze over solid. Come spring I found several dead frogs and there weren't any living ones to be seen. Well, just the other day I noticed some activity and I am happy to say that there are frogs once again living in this pond.
LOL, The tree frog mate in our swimming pool. Last week we were moving frogs eggs to one of the ponds. Not sure if they will turn into tadpoles or fish food. Our tree frogs always live in the pool area and are very friendly. We had 4 of them in there the other day.
So Bubba is alive and well...and full! I found him the other day after he visited the bird feeder buffet. I'm sure this poor finch didn't know what hit it! Needless to say, he was waddling around yesterday and finding it very hard to get up on the lily pads!
We built our 900 gal. pond 8 years ago and started out the first year with a pair of tree frogs, gray and green. Noisy little beggars. The second year we began hosting bullfrogs (anywhere from one to three per season) and that pretty much spelled the end of the others. It got quiet, even with the bullfrogs as "big daddy" lives in my neighbors natural pond about a 700' away. It's been educating to observe that their behaviors, like our koi, vary from one creature to the next.
I got woke up one morning by the frogs in the pond after a heavy rain. It was the same time M. Mary had 32 pairs that toad sperm killed a bunch of her large fish. I know she must have been heartbroken. I had 7 pair and moved them immediately after her report.
Yesterday I dumped a large tub full of water out and found it was full of little tadpoles. Don't need to save any here cause we are loaded with them. Pond is close to my bedrm. window so the noise was really loud.
The Cuban tree frogs make a racheting sound. Very different from reg. frogs. I hunt them every chance I get as they are exotic and killed off are little green tree frogs and anything else they can fit into their mouth. After talking with a prof. at UF I confirmed my suspicions that they were harmful to our local frog population. ALSO, their poop will not wash off house even with a pressure washer. My front entry is such a mess. I've tried bleach but to no avail. I hate those buggers. Fl. has so many exotics it's pitiful. The boa constrictor hunt done by professionals in the Everglades got them nowhere. They are still loaded with them. I feel bad for people who live down there. They say they have to watch out for them all the time. Not my cup of tea that's for sure.
Glad you all are enjoying your good guy frogs. I do have lots of toads on my carport but all they do is poop and move on.
I live about 7 miles from any pond or wetlands, but yesterday I saw a green frog in my flower garden! When I scared him, he hopped into my Bergenia patch and I saw him perched on one of the stems. Wish I had a photo! I have a serious infestation of liverwort (which I am removing) and my best guess is he is a tree frog that decided all the green "living mulch" would be good camouflage. Anybody have experience with frogs where there is no water nearby? [I am in southern Michigan.]
I'm with Bonnie about the exotics that don't belong here...they ruin the whole balance of nature. I purchased 10 leopard frogs from ebay last year, and they held their own for a year, and had some tadpoles in my smaller pond. Rarely see any this year, the cuban tree frogs are back, so I'm sure they were lunch.
Right now I have thousands of 1/4 inch toads all over the back yard. Once they get bigger, I'll start relocating them. They're from the industrial strength toad spawn that killed my fish. Will work HARD to not let that happen again!
No breaks...Last winter we had our coldest (some freezes) winter in years and years. It did kill off some of them (they're tropical frogs from Cuba) but didn't get rid of them completely. All it takes is one amorous night and you have 5,000 tadpoles.
We netted a bunch of tadpoles from one of the small ponds and put them in a small aquarium for the grands to watch turn into frogs. They brought them back a couple of weeks ago before we went on vacation for 2 weeks. The tiniest tree frogs I've ever seen.