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RE: Need serious frog knowledge person help

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Posted by: tegu24 at Sun Jan 20 12:10:24 2008  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by tegu24 ]  
   

with the temperatures that you posted, the tadpole is most likely trying to hibernate until the temps warm up. he was better off in the old pond with the muck, but since that is gone, try putting some leaves or building a rock hut in the bottom so he can hide. you should also leave him alone until it warms up and you see him swimming around on his own. he also will not eat or eat very little during this time. If you wanted to, you could put him in a 10 gal tank inside with water from the pond and a small filter. you can feed them spincah greens, commerical tadpole food from stores, or live plants from the pond(usually the best option). but once it warms up, put him back outside.

frogs can sense moisture in the air and may be able to feel the vibrations of moving water if they are close enough. i don't believe that they can truely hear water, but i would have to do some research to be sure.

i have a outside frog pond up here in western NY and the frogs i have leave every fall to hibernat in a near by creek, but return almost every spring to my pond. i have one bullfrog with odd markings that has returned every year for the last 6 yrs. if you create a good enviroment for them, they usually will return as long as they don't find some place better or get eaten in the mean time.

most products, including snakeaway, have very little effectiveness. they use synthesized pheromone's in an attempt to drive snakes away, but most are only a mild deterrents and lose their effect after a week or two. snakes are a natural part of a frogs life and they help keep populations in check. it is best if you just let them be and let nature take its course. just be careful of the many venomous species you have that may enjoy your pond as much as the frogs. the less piled rocks and high, thich plants you have, the less likely snakes will be to stay, but that also goes for frogs, too.


   

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