Question on gourd durability

Lumberton, TX(Zone 8b)

Does anyone know how long a cut gourd will last outdoors, in contact with the ground? I had a brain storm (or perhaps a brain [email protected]%*) and want to build a toad condo out of a few of them. I had to disturb a bunch of toads and frogs when I moved some wood by the fence, and when I apologized I promised them I would provide a home for them when I was done.

What I'm thinking is cutting the bottoms off so they'll sit flat (and let the amphibians have a dirt floor), and cutting "doors" near the bottom, and just setting them together on the ground, buried a little for stability, right along the fence. (And yes, I'll probably make one great big one and call it Toad Hall.) But I don't want to do it if they will rot within a few months, you know?

Any advice greatly appreciated!

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