Last Updated on June 25, 2021 by Aiden Lindow

Common Pond Frogs

Once your pond has been established you will start to notice local species showing up to enjoy your ecosystem. A creature you might find in your pond most often is a frog. Once a frog senses water it makes a mad dash to it. Within the first few months of your pond, you are sure to see frogs swimming around. 

The most common frogs that are found in ponds are the Green Frog, Common Frog, Bull Frog, and the American Toad.

Below is a short description of each type of common pond frog.

 

Green Frog

As the name suggests this pond frog is mostly dark green with highlights of brighter green around the head. This frog loves dense vegetation around the edge of the pond and can be found hiding in reeds or brush. 

When you hear a frog in the summer nine times out of ten it is the sound of a green frog. The green frog breeds during the summer and has a very loud voice.

 

Common Frog

The common frog is a frog that you have seen whether you know it or not. These frogs are relatively small reaching about 3 inches and are a green or brown color. 

The common frog can be found in almost any established body water. These frogs like to hide in the water and wait for a meal to fly or swim by. They have a diet of flies, mosquitoes, and small minnows.

 

Bullfrog

Bullfrogs are one of the largest common frog breeds and can be found all around North America.

This frog breed is very aggressive and will pretty much anything it can catch. It will eat small snakes, worms, fish, and mosquitoes.

Almost every body of water, whether urban or rural, will have a bullfrog.

 

American Toad

The American Toad is best known for its warts that are easy to identify. Most of the year the toad is found in fields or forests hiding under logs, rocks, or other brush. 

The American Toad will eat pretty anything it can catch, mosquitoes, worms, and snails.

 

Avoiding keeping frogs which are wild as pets

There is a possibility of taking wild frogs and then keeping them in the ponds as pets. If you are doing this, there are things which you should always put into consideration.

It may end up being difficult for you to determine the kind of frog species you have brought to the pond. 

Various frog species have different requirements regarding habitat, temperature, and foods. Therefore if you consider keeping a wild frog in their wrong conditions, it will end up dying.

When you decide on taking frogs which are wild, ensure you master the surroundings from which you get it from. 

The surroundings may include swimming, hiding in a rock, grassy forest bed, and hopping in a leafy area. You will require the same condition you found it in for the frog to survive.

At times, after collecting a wild frog, you may afterward do more research concerning it. By this, you will be able to determine the frog species exactly. 

You can achieve this by researching online, making consultations on frog books, or asking an expert in various frogs.

If you are interested in learning how to take care of pond frogs you can check out this article: How To Care For Pond Frogs.

Considering space requirement and frogs size

The frog size when it has grown sufficiently, and the pond size it requires should be regarded greatly when choosing the kind of frog to put into your pond.

There are times when even the smallest frogs in the pond will end up becoming big frogs when they are fully grown. 

For instance, pixie frog which one would end up thinking they are miniature frogs. They measure one inch when young and end up becoming to the great length of up to eight inches when adults.

Big frogs require extra space. If they are put in undersized habitats, they will end up becoming sick and unhappy. 

A bullfrog which has grown fully will be necessary to live in a pond with at least 75 gallons.

The frogs will also be consuming more food. This means the frogs will start to eat your pond fish and the vegetation around the pond. 

Food and size consumption is, as a result, a reason for researching the specific breed of frog you want to rare before buying it.

 

Consider the requirements in frogs feeding

Before you make a harsh and hurry decision in buying any frog species, save time considering what the frog likes eating. 

Finding the frog cute or ugly is not enough to decide the kind of breed to keep.

The majority of frog species are always happy when they are consuming worms such as nightcrawlers and red wigglers, crickets, and all other crawlies which are creepy. 

However, there is a necessity in keeping in the mentality that most of the frogs are always preferring eating live food. 

Therefore you need to put this in mind particularly while squeamish concerning it.

Bigger frogs will tend to be requiring more substantial food, and the meal may be including guppies, goldfish, or other small fish. 

The provision of frogs with these kinds of items will be a lot of work, and therefore lazy people and the faint-hearted will end up giving up along the way.

Additionally, there is a necessity of considering where the food you are using will be coming from. 

Remember that your grocery which is located locally might not be provided the live crickets and other live feeds which the frogs require for their survival and growth. 

There is, therefore, the need for having a supply which is a large store capable of supplying live pets always. 

The store should have the capability of catering to animals which are more exotic.

There is a possibility of finding food for your pet frog in your back garden. 

However, this will mean you will need to consume a lot of time in preparing the store. Besides, the food from the back yard might be unreliable. 

Additionally, pests from gardens usually are exposed to insecticides containing chemicals. This is very bad and unhealthy for your pet frogs.

 

Finding Native Species

Finding native frogs from your area will greatly increase the chance of them surviving. A native species will always outperform a species that is brought to a new habitat. 

A frog native to your area will be used to the conditions of the environment. They will know when to breed, what is prey, and how long the winters will be. 

By going down to your local creek you will be able to find a few frogs that will thrive in a pond. 

 

Conclusion

You have gotten enough information in frog’s life particularly things to consider when putting them as the pet and especially the meal they consume. 

The battle is now on your side in determining the species which will suit you well.