Frogs | How do I get the green frog and brown frog into the pond?
Chris van der Velde
Frogs in the pond, many people find this a real asset to the eye! Frogs bring life into the pond which creates a beautiful situation for you to watch as a pond owner. But how do you actually get frogs in the pond? I'll tell you all about it in this blog!
All about the frog
- What kind of animal is the frog?
- The appearance of the brown frog
- The habitat of the brown frog
- The appearance of the green frog
- The dwelling place of the green frog
- The diet of a frog
- What tadpoles eat
- Luring the brown and green frog to the pond
What kind of animal is the frog?
A frog is an amphibian notable for its shrill, high-pitched frog sound and its ability to live both on land and in water. This allows them to adapt to different habitats. Frogs have long hind legs that make them capable of both swimming and jumping, and their skin has glands that secrete toxins to protect them from predators. Frogs also have an important role in the environment, as they are central to the food web and help regulate insect populations.
The appearance of the brown frog
The difference between the brown frog and the green frog is mainly in the mouth and, of course, in the color. The brown frogs have a wide and blunt mouth, the eyes of this frog are far apart and the frog is naturally brown in color with dark spots and a light-colored belly. It is possible for the brown frog to have a different shade of brown, such as yellowish brown, reddish brown or even grayish brown. On average, the brown frog grows between 7-9 centimeters in length, but it may occasionally reach 11 centimeters in length. These are then usually the females, as they grow larger than the males.
The difference between frogs and toads
Frogs and toads belong to the same order of amphibians, but are different species. A frog usually has smooth, moist skin, long hind legs and a slender body. They also have a broad head and large eyes that face forward. Frogs live mainly in wetlands and usually have a swimming mode of locomotion. Toads have drier, bumpier skin and shorter legs than frogs. They also have a broader head and small, upward-facing eyes. Toads live on land and have a running way of locomotion. Another difference between frogs and toads is their reproduction. Frogs lay their eggs in large, jelly-like clumps that float in the water, while toads deposit their eggs in long cords that stretch across the water's bottom. Frogs and toads also have different sounds. Frogs often make loud, shrill sounds to attract mates, while toads have a softer, buzzing call.
The habitat of the brown frog
The habitat of the brown frog varies depending on the species. Some species live in moist forests, swamps or on the banks of rivers, while others adapt to drier environments such as grasslands or agricultural areas. In general, brown frogs are found in environments with adequate water sources and shelter, where they can hide from predators and search for prey.
For example, ponds are an important source of water and a great hiding place for brown frogs. The presence of aquatic plants in the pond provides additional shelter, such as water lilies, marsh plants and oxygen plants. Pond plants also reduce the chances of the frogs drying out. The frogs can also feed on insects and other small pond animals that live in the pond. Not surprisingly, many brown frogs can be found near ponds and other wetland environments.
The appearance of the green frog
A green frog is usually covered with shiny, green skin. Sometimes they also have other colors, such as yellow or brown, and have dark spots or stripes on their backs. Their eyes are large and arranged on the side of their heads, giving them a wide field of vision. Green frogs also have long, sturdy hind legs and fingers that have suction cups, which help them jump and climb. They can grow to be 11-12 inches long, so on average they grow larger than the brown frog.
The dwelling place of the green frog
The green frog's habitat is often marshy, moist or woody. They like environments with plenty of water and shelter so they can hide from predators and hunt for their prey. Green frogs are also found in gardens, parks and other environments where water sources are present. They can adapt to changing environmental conditions, such as temperature and water level changes.
The diet of a frog
Frogs mainly eat insects such as worms, dragonflies and damselflies. Sometimes they eat small mammals such as salamanders. The specific food requirements of frogs depend on their age, size and species. Young frogs eat mostly smaller insects, while adult frogs tend to eat larger prey. Some frogs even have specially adapted mouthparts and tongues that allow them to catch fast-moving prey!
What tadpoles eat
If you have frogs in your pond, chances are you will also find tadpoles in tadpole spawn in the spring. But what exactly are these tadpoles and what do they all nibble? Well, tadpoles are actually the juvenile larvae of frogs. Small aquatic animals, such as aquatic insects, worms and small fish are mainly on the menu of these little tadpoles.
Luring the brown and green frog to the pond
Actually, the brown frog and the green frog have the same kind of desires when it comes to habitat. They both need an environment with plenty of water, so when you want frogs in your pond it is important to consider what kind of pond you take. Furthermore, frogs like woody environments; you can achieve this in your pond by having enough pond plants in the pond. Frogs can easily adapt to fluctuations in the temperature and level of the pond water. However, stable water values they like, these are the: KH value, PH value and GH value. These water values can be kept stable with the help of oxygen plants and marsh plantsbut of course also by a proper construction of your pond. This starts at the beginning, so pond substrate and pond bacteria add. When this is all in order the frogs will come naturally!
Frequently asked questions about frogs
There are many different species of frogs, but the most well-known frogs are the: ''Bastard frogs, Pool frog, Lake frog, Heath frog, Tree frog''.
Frogs hibernate, this is why it is important that the sleeping place of the frog is sheltered. Frogs like to sleep at the bottom of the pond among the silt and mud, here they feel safe.
Simon van der Velde
Pond specialist and aquatic plant grower since 1986
Simon's vision is to let nature do its work in your pond. No need to buy all kinds of measuring equipment and water improvers. If the fish are swimming nicely and the plants are growing well, then the water in the pond is of good quality. With a good planting plan and the right approach, you can save a lot of money and maintenance, and ensure a clear, biologically balanced pond that becomes more beautiful every year.