Frogs...do I want them?


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I was thinking it would be cool to have some native frogs in my bog. There isn’t much surface water within hopping distance of our pond so they haven’t moved in. I grew up near a drainage canal and loved falling asleep in the summer to the sound of the ribbets.

My pond store doesn’t seem to have any. I’d probably get in trouble for removing them from a local park. Where do you get them? Is it a bad idea to introduce them to a small pond?
 
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Be patient they will find you when your pond is ready
 
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Exactly - I don't know that it would cause any problem to go get some local frogs (unless they are a protected species I suppose) but there's no way you can make them STAY. Our frogs just show up every year - maybe they stayed in the pond, maybe they had other accommodations... who knows!
 
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Mine just show up. I love my frogs❤
 
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"If you build it, they will come". That statement has never been more true when it comes to ponds and frogs! It's getting rid of them that is the problem.
 
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The folks in the south i don't believe have issues with frogs but toads now that another story.
 
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Dig a hole, add water, voila frogs! They will come and I remember collecting frogs when a kid so what the heck be a kid again, grab a frog or two'
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I am surprised at how frogs find their way to the pond. The closest water is 1/2 mile away in a dry climate. I will have frogs come and stay a week or two and then be gone.
 
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I love frogs, but not all of them are welcome in my ponds!... I've been relocating bullfrogs , every since I witnessed one of them eating my 10-12" butterfly koi
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I would say it wouldn't be too long until they find your pond but as long as they weren't a protected species I don't suppose relocating a few from the local park to some new real estate would do any harm :D I'm sure they would soon tell their friends
 
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Bullfrog big enough to eat a 10"-12" fish!? Sounds like froglegs for supper to me! ;)
I wouldn't believe it either if I hadn't seen it with my own eyes! Up until that day I only feared snakes going after 5-6" fish
 
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Maybe that's what's happened to my smaller Koi. I haven't even thought of that! I've bought a lot of very small koi and have had great luck with that over the years, but only recently notice larger frogs. I thought that stupid haron got them!
 
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Many stores that sell fish also have tadpoles for sale. I have never seen an actual frog for sale, only tadpoles. Typically the kind they sell are bullfrogs. You can also buy them online pretty easily. I prefer other types because they aren't so invasive, but they are harder to find.
 
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Well I’ll be a monkey’s uncle... I found an egg mass under my skimmer, no idea how a critter laid them without getting sucked in. Clear jelly about the size of a large jelly bean. Moved it to a safer spot.
My wife’s friend is a herpetologist with the US Fish and Wildlife Service, she thinks it might be pseudacris regilla or the Northern Pacific Tree Frog. So hopefully like the cute little green fella below.
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Well I’ll be a monkey’s uncle... I found an egg mass .
I was going to say maybe it was a tree frog and was stuck to the wall of the skimmer and dropped the eggs in
 
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10 " to 12" meaning with a large fan tail i would imagine

It was an Orenji Ogon! It had long fins but not extremely long like some of my other butterfly.
This pic of it (small orange fish) was taken when I bought it, about a year and a half earlier, when it was 6-7" long with a nice round body (maybe female), she was almost doubled in size when she was taken, and I wouldn't have believed it either if I hadn't seen it with my own eyes

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