pond frogs

pond frogs

Why Pond Frogs?

They’re pretty darn cute.  But more than that, pond frogs can play an important role in the ecosystem. Some say the number of pond frogs you have can be a great indictor of how healthy your pond is.

Goodbye Harmful Insects!

Looking to keep some insects away—try pond frogs! .  They keep mosquito populations down and also keep away other annoying garden pests, such as slugs and rodents.

Hosting pond frogs and other amphibians at your pond reduces the need for harmful pesticides.  We recommend keeping fertilizers and pesticides away from the frogs (and your pond in general!)

Who likes water?pond frogs, of course!

Amphibians such as a pond frog, toad, salamander, and newt go to water to breed and lay their eggs.  Tadpoles need water to live, so it makes sense that frogs would gravitate toward ponds. Be aware, though!  Koi love to eat tadpoles! Make sure there is a place for frog eggs to hatch and mature out of the way of nibbling koi fish.  Try to ensure that the force of the waterfall doesn’t push the eggs and tadpoles over the edge toward system.

Want to make a welcome pond frogs environments?

Amphibians are complex and need a little more than water to make your pond their permanent home.

Boggy Areas: Biologists suggest a boggy area full of native grasses and ferns to keep them safe and happy in your yard. Local wetlands are great places to check out when looking to mimic the right environment for your little visitors.

Aquatic plants:  Plants are very important because they provide food and shelter for both tadpoles and adults, and a breeding site for adults. If you let areas of your garden grow wild, it will also provide a shady place for amphibians to relax and cool off.

Permanent Shelter: A well-located rock pile can also lure toads, salamanders, and newts to your pond. They can be made out of, well, rocks … as well as bricks or broken concrete. The rock pile should receive both sun and shade. For example, in Dallas, you’ll want to put the pile in a mostly shady spot.

Pond Frog Ideal Environments

It is very important that your pond frogs get the right amount of sun and shade.  Just like humans, they need both to regulate their body temperatures. They also prefer grass that is a little longer to hide from predators while traveling between ponds.

You Can’t Lead A Frog to Water

It’s great to want pond frogs, toads, and salamanders in your pond to complete an ecosystem, but you should be patient. Don’t go to a store and purchase these animals to put into your pond. In many places, it is illegal to release certain species into the wild because they are detrimental to native plants and animals.

If you bring pond frogs in from stores or wetlands, chances are they will not stay.  They might not be able to s

urvive in the wild.  And don’t catch them from any local pond or wetland.  It’s never a good idea to remove animals from their natural habitats.

Want more information on frogs?  Check out www.froglife.org— a nonprofit working to conserve native amphibians and reptiles. Contact us for more information on ponds or pond wildlife.