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Old 03-14-2012, 12:26 PM
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The frogs are back We love all wildlife and animals in general. Strict vegetarians for that reason. Our concern is - I know the frogs are laying eggs in our pond and I do not want the eggs/tadpoles to be harmed by general yardwork, walking, mowing, etc. Can we somehow move the eggs to another body of water? If so, how is this done? And, will the adult frogs know that the eggs were moved? If they are aware, how will it effect them? We want the most harmless solution. If leaving them in our pond is the safest way (with us just being very careful while in the backyard) that's what we'll do.

Thank you all.
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Old 03-14-2012, 01:10 PM
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here's some info I found

Life Cycle of a Frog

I lived on a golf course in Frisco and had a pond behind my house. The frog sounds were amazing. Also had Nutria and lots o' ducks. Made the mistake of feeding a mother duck and her 13 offspring. The youngsters got so used to me they could see me inside the house and would run up to the patio and bounce themselves on the door to get my attention. It was all I could do to keep them out of the house. The mother duck couldn't fit through the iron fence and swam back and forth all ticked off.
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Old 03-14-2012, 01:59 PM
Location: North Texas
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Mod- I love your ethusiasm to save the frogs and their babies. However distrubing their natural habitat is not the best step forward. Allow the frogs and nature take it's course. We had these bushes in our back yard once - no pond or water around but we always had frogs....some where large frogs. The bushes are gone now- every so often I will still see little frogs in the yard.
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Old 03-14-2012, 02:00 PM
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Frogs lay eggs and then they leave.

The eggs hatch and the tadpoles feed on life in the water.

I'd leave the water alone if you do not have a pond to move them to.

If the water gets low, I'd refresh it from another stagnant source, either a local stream or a bucket of tap water that has sat for a day to come to the ambient temp.

You will want to make sure the little frogs can leave the water. Sometimes a board put in the water will give them a place to climb out.

Don't be suprised if an Egret or Crow finds your tadpoles.
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Old 03-14-2012, 04:43 PM
Location: Bedford, TX
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If the eggs are "strung together" then they are toad eggs. In a few weeks the tadpoles will become tiny toads and hop away. If it's a blob of eggs in gelatin, those are frog eggs and they may take a little longer to change and hop away.
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Old 03-14-2012, 05:46 PM
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I love this thread! So informative and frog-friendly.

ggolf, your duck tale is funny.
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Old 03-19-2012, 11:22 PM
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Thanks for the input. I would still like to carefully move the eggs to another pond that is not subject to outdoor foot traffic, mower, etc. I may just use a reel push mower for a few weeks and stay out of the yard as much as possible or until we see no more small toads/frogs jumpin around. We do have a fountain & filter which keeps the water flowing and creates 02. And we have had no issues with egret's or crows. Thanks and may you all be blessed.
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