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Garden Talk: Frogs and Toads

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LeawoodGardener

LeawoodGardener
Leawood, KS
(Zone 5b)

June 9, 2011
4:48 AM

Post #8619501

A few years ago, I bought a handful of tadpoles for my watergarden, hoping to have a frog (or two) to help keep the insect population in check. That summer I was pleased to see a frog on a lily pad one day and felt like I'd brought 'balance' to my garden.

Fast forward 3 years, and here we are in 2011. In mid-May, the evening air was filled with the sounds of dozens of frogs, courting. The racket was so loud at dusk, you could not sit on the patio and hold a conversation. One evening, a couple who walk in the neighborhood knocked on the front door and asked if I have an outdoor sound system playing 'nature calls' - they thought I had the volume turned up too high!

Last night, as we ate dinner in the kitchen, I noticed a frog clinging to the window - I could not resist capturing the little fellow - in a photo!

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annabelle15
Niles, MI
(Zone 5a)

June 14, 2011
3:17 AM

Post #8629146

We too have a "Herd" of frogs and toads. Put in a pond 15 years ago and the critters came. At the first count this spring we had 42 frogs and toads around and in the pond (!200 gallons). What amazes me is that about the middle of the summer the population decreases by about half. the noise level goes way down. The tree frogs (little bright green ones) are the noisiest one, but the bull frog adds the deep tones. It would not be summer with out them.

LeawoodGardener

LeawoodGardener
Leawood, KS
(Zone 5b)

June 14, 2011
4:10 AM

Post #8629173

I guess the little guy in my photo is a tree frog - I see larger frogs around (and in) the pond.

LoveForests

LoveForests
FU
United States
(Zone 9b)

June 20, 2011
4:58 PM

Post #8643271

Leawood, that is definitely a Tree Frog in your photo. Toads can not climb any walls or trees (they can only stay on the ground), only tree frogs can climb things.

I miss Bull Frogs, they were so sweet. Loved listening to them and the crickets at night. But I'm in south Florida now, so no Bull frogs, but plenty of crickets, tree frogs and a few toads.

LeawoodGardener

LeawoodGardener
Leawood, KS
(Zone 5b)

June 20, 2011
6:59 PM

Post #8643489

I don't know anything about the frogs/tree frogs - just that they are exceptionally noisy at night and very prolific (my pond is full of tadpoles).
Janiejoy
Silver Lake, OH
(Zone 5b)

June 23, 2011
9:24 PM

Post #8650598

I have always loved toads! We just find them in the cutest places. How do we attract more toads? They eat bugs that hurt the garden...

We have tiny tree frogs that sing at night... we are near the Cuyahoga (no longer burning) River. My dog ate one once - swallowed it whole. Doc said not to worry but to watch for legs coming out!

We put toad houses around to help them hide from her.

annabelle15
Niles, MI
(Zone 5a)

June 26, 2011
6:45 AM

Post #8655295

Love the frogs and toads. The past evening, a tree frog, cute little green one, got into the rain barrel, which has a lid on it, but the hole is large enough for him to get through, and preceeded to "sing" his sone. Talk about a loud frog, my DH could not figure out where the NOISE was comming from, showed him and he set the frog free. sure is a lot quieter now!!!!!!!!!!!!!

LoveForests

LoveForests
FU
United States
(Zone 9b)

June 26, 2011
8:07 PM

Post #8656727

LoL Annabelle, that is so cute :]
missingrosie
Hillsborough, NC

July 1, 2011
4:09 PM

Post #8666827

I have a frog that BAAAAs or BLEETs

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