Attracting Frogs To Your Oklahoma Water Feature and The Benefits They Provide, Water Gardens & Aquatic Habitat
Attracting Frogs To Your Oklahoma Pond
A good sign you've built a great ecosystem pond/water feature is the presence of wildlife which is attracted to it. One animal in particular that many people want to attract are pond frogs. These amphibians begin their lives in an aquatic environment, and even as adults they’re never too far away from water. Below are some tips for attracting them to your pond.
How Frogs Behave In Oklahoma Ponds
Whether man-made or natural, ponds are attractive to male frogs in particular as they will hibernate there during the winter months, lying dormant beneath the water. However, they still require oxygen to live, which is why you will want to monitor the pond when it freezes and thaw a portion of it by putting a hot pan of water on top. Frogs also like ponds which have lots of shade as it makes the area attractive for breeding.
Pond Design Tips For Attracting Frogs
Why Frogs Are Beneficial To Ponds
Problems To Watch For
Creating the right pond environment will attract frogs, but it may take a few years for them to appear. Many pond owners become impatient and decide to drive down to their local pet store where they buy a frog and then introduce it to their ponds manually. This is a bad idea. Frogs that are introduced in this manner may either die or simply leave. It is also important to remember that frogs are fragile creatures. If you use nylon mesh in your garden it must be taut and no more than 1.5 inches otherwise it can trap and kill them. If you have cats, dogs or other pets, they should be kept away from the pond otherwise they could also kill the frogs.
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