Many people find frogs to be exciting creatures to watch and investigate. Not everyone wants to put on a spelunking helmet and go in search of the frog at night. An easier solution to frog watching is to bring the frog to you. Attracting frogs with a frog pond not only creates a relaxing space for frogs and their human friends, but it can be valuable for the species survival. Habitat loss is a principal reason why so many frogs are facing extinction. If more frog ponds spring up, then more frogs will be able to breed and live.
Tips for Building a Frog Pond
Frogs are varied in their habits and diets. Some frogs can get along well with other wildlife and some cannot. Several species of frog are obligate breeders, meaning that they cannot reproduce where there are fish. Different types of frog ponds may be needed based on the kind of frogs in the region. Still some basics of frog ponds can be used for most kinds of frogs.
Location, location, location.
Frog ponds attract insects for the frogs to eat and things that eat frogs. Setting up a pond very close to a door where insects can get in or next to a place with several cats is probably not a good idea. Another thing to consider is that frogs chorus and sing. They can be very noisy depending on the frog. Real estate values in Hawaii have actually decreased in areas where the surrounding forest is thick with the call of the Choqui frog. Next door neighbors may not find frogs night time calls very soothing.
Ponds sit well in an area with a depression or the low point in a yard. The pond needs to be partly shady so that area does not get to hot and dry in direct sun. But, the algae that the tadpoles feed on needs sun to grow.
How much water?
Frogs need a shallow and a deeper end of a pond to be able to breed and for the tadpoles to find cooler spots when needed. The deeper side needs to be at least 50cm. The pond itself should contain at the very least one cubic meter of water.
Banks of the Pond
The land surrounding the pond should give the frogs a place to hide and overwinter if necessary. Logs, leaves, and low ground cover all provide a natural refuge for the frog. Some floating plants can drain the pond of oxygen, especially duckweed. Lilly pads on the other hand keep algae blooms down. Weeds should be avoided. Pesticides can harm the frogs and also kill off their food supply.
Frogs will find their way to a hospitable pond that offers all the basics that they need. Capturing frogs from the wild is illegal in most areas. By capturing wild frogs, people disrupt the ecosystem of the area where they took them from. Also, the frogs may not have everything at a new area that they need to survive if they have not found the area naturally.
Creating habitat is one of the best ways to ensure that the amazing frog continues to have a home.
To get involved with a group that is collecting recordings of frog calls in order to preserve habitat, go to: www.frogatlas.com.au/get-involved.html
Fun Frog Fact:
A: It really can rain frogs. Windstorms can pick up light weight frogs from the water and then drop them when the winds quiet down.