Realize the potential your backyard has to offer with bull frogs or other amphibians. Create fully functioning outdoor living spaces that serve as an extension of your interior spaces, there are many smart backyard features that are pleasant for the environment, friends and family. Frogs, toads and salamanders are all types of amphibians. Amphibians normally hatch from eggs laid in or near water and began life as aquatic larvae with gills. During adulthood, amphibians live mostly on land, often returning to the water to breed and hibernate. There for creating a pond becomes the easiest way to create water features that add wonderful diversity to your yard and provide endless hours of entertainment and educational opportunities for you and your family. Backyard ponds attract beneficial wildlife soon after they are created. Furthermore, balanced backyard ponds rarely attract unusual bummers of mosquitoes. Learn more about how to create your own pond or backyard marsh.

The Bullfrog is the largest frog in Connecticut. If you decide to add bullfrogs to an unenclosed pond, be sure to start with tadpoles – frogs introduced to a strange area will nearly always leave, apparently in search of their original homes. Tadpoles that mature in your pond will be quite content to stay nearby. If you establish an open outdoor pond, you may be in for a few pleasant surprises, even in densely populated areas. Creatures that seem incapable of moving great distances, such as frogs, salamanders, snakes and turtles, are actually quite adept at sensing the presence of new water sources and traveling to them. Making your back yard thrive.

Bullfrogs are a generalist species, and accordingly do not require specific habitat or food. The frog prefers permanent bodies of water (i.e. ponds and lakes) that are warm and weedy, but can also use fewer desirable habitats, like small ditches and slow-moving streams. Furthermore, the species is described as a voracious, opportunistic, gape-limited predator that is likely to devour anything that will fit into its mouth, and as the largest frog in North America it has its pick of edible options. The potential diet of an adult bullfrog consists of insects, tadpoles, frogs, salamanders, snakes, fish, small mammals and birds.

Keep in mind also about winter, you need to provide safe havens for terrestrial frogs to spend the winter on your property. These animals seek seasonal cover in logs, rock cracks and crevices, or by burrowing under compost, soil or leaf litter. Leave some dead logs or trees lying around the pond area. Heap up piles of rocks and stones, dead leaves, sticks, brush and twigs to serve as comfy winter dens. Give your pond an annual cleaning in very late summer or very early fall before the first predicted frost for your area. Don’t dismantle or clean it from September through February to avoid disturbing hibernating aquatic frogs. These species spend the winter nearly motionless sprawled on top of mud or partially covered with pond litter in oxygen-rich water. Leave some of the litter on the pond floor for these guys to snuggle in.

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