My natural pond in Belgium

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    Yes, no fish ( they eat nearly every eggs and tadpoles), lot of places to hide in and around the pond. Let a part of the garden wild, avoid any chimical product in the garden ( frogs are very sensible to any of these products), ans a litle bit of luck.
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    You can see in this picture that every frog is different. There is even an orange one.
     
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    We don't use chemicals but do have fish, at least for now. Also we seem to have lots of snakes which I assume would eat any travelling frogs. I *love* listening to frogs. And crickets! Your frogs are really big. I usually only see smaller ones.
     
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    At our house, as we were building the ponds, the frogs moved in.
     
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    image.jpg image.jpg image.jpg image.jpg
     
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    Beautiful!
    I wonder if Belgian frogs speak in a different language from ours. American frogs say "ribbit!". What do Belgian frogs say?
     
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    They say "I want French Flies and a Diet Croak" [​IMG]
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    JohnHuff Friends call me Dr. Sir John Huff

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    lol, you really do have a .gif for every occasion, don't you?
     
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    j.w I Love my Goldies

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    I bet there are some I don't have and can't find John cuz I have looked for them and came up empty..................can't think off hand which ones they were tho at the moment [​IMG]
     
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    image.jpg Female alpin newt
    This sunday afternoon
     
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    Aww how cute, wish they would show up here.
     
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    I agree about fish.....I've stopped adding bull frog tad poles, as they were all eaten by my fish. Your pond is so beautiful. Do the frogs burrow into the pond's bottom for the winter, or into plants? I remember finding a dead from in my skimmer one Spring....think it went in there thinking it could winter there:(
     
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    Lovely pond. Love the pics.
     
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    My tads seem to coexist with the fish, at least I find them all the time in the ponds with fish.
    Some frogs go to the bottom of the pond for the winter, they sort of burrow into whatever is there, just sort of cover up. Others go into leaf litter etc around the pond. I have found them in plants, near rocks, and in muck.
     
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    Frogs in this video are common frogs (rana temporaria). During the winter they stay underwater or into leaves outside water. In February or March they join together into the pond like you can see in this video.
    Fishes are very efficient to eat every eggs or tadpoles. To survive tadpoles need hiding places.

    Tadpoles from toads can more easily survive with fishes due to their very bad taste ( they have already poison in their skin).
     
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    I purchased fat wobbly bull frog tadpoles from our fish hatchery each year......the summer before last, I bought 30 of them....and not one in sight...hmmmmmm.....something "fishy" going on!
     
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    Ungrateful froggies, prolly moved on to some other pond while you paid for their freedom [​IMG]
     
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    Thousands of tadpoles in my pond this saturday


     
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    Oh my goodness talk about a population explosion!
     
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    WOW!!!! Is that the most you have had? Seems like a lot of baby frogs will be jumping around soon.

    Do the birds get a few? How is the population controlled?
     
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    I get thousands of tads, in every pond, except the big one. They look like a black mat of moving critters. Somehow the population balances out. I do not have thousands of frogs or toads.
     
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