Last Updated on February 28, 2021 by Cooper Fulton

How To Care For Pond FrogsHow To Care For Pond Frogs

Pond frogs are a great addition to any pond and usually end up in your pond naturally. Frogs search for a body of water lay their eggs and will be out of your pond within 1-3 months after laying them.

To properly care for pond frogs you need to have these few factors: plants in and around the pond, easy access into the pond, shelter, ample food sources, slow current, and limited predators.

One major reason why I love pond frogs so much is the fact that they eat insects and bugs, so I won’t get bitten when I’m putting in new plants and fish, or even if I’m just sitting by the pond.

I believe that you should have pond frogs in any type of pond you build, whether that’s a koi pond, goldfish pond, bass pond, etc.

Building the perfect environment for your pond frogs is important if you want them to stick around and come back the next year. 

 

Building A Frog-Friendly Pond

Building A Frog-Friendly Pond

To build the perfect pond for frogs or toads you need to have these 3 simple necessities: plants, water, and food.

For plants, make sure half of your pond is covered or shaded. In my pond, I use water lilies, duckweed, and marsh marigolds.

Make sure there is still sunlight coming through your pond, as plants need it to survive. The pond should be well planted to attract frogs to mate during the spring.

The plants help the frogs feel like they have a place to hide and feel that their eggs will be in a safe spot where they will be able to hatch. 

The plants will also be able to protect frog eggs from fish or other predators, and they will have a higher chance of hatching. Your pond should be accessible for frogs to enter in and out easily.

An easy solution to this is to have a large piece of wood or a large rock half in the water and half out of the water. This makes it very easy for the frog to get in and out.

I recommend that your pond is around 3ft deep, this is not a huge issue if your pond is deeper or shallower, I’ve just found it to be the best depth for frogs.

Usually, when the frogs start to reproduce, you’ll see lots of frog eggs float up to the top of the pond. You shouldn’t have to worry because only 1 in 50 eggs will live to be frogs.

This is because some of the fish in your pond will eat the frog eggs and if any eggs live to become tadpoles the fish will also try to eat the tadpoles making it very hard for a frog to make it into adulthood.

If the pond frogs start to overpopulate the pond after being born and are very noisy consider adding in fish or waterfalls, as this forces some of the frogs to relocate.

 

Benefits of Pond Frogs

Benefits of Pond Frogs

Algae Control

As tadpoles are born, they eat the algae that are growing in your pond.

Tadpoles need a lot of food to grow, so they will eat up a ton of algae in your pond.

Sadly, as tadpoles mature into a frog, they begin needing more protein in their diet. They will leave your pond and search for other sources of food such as minnows, dragonflies, and mosquitoes.  

 

What Do Pond Frogs Eat

As the tadpoles grow into frogs, the new frogs have a diet that consists of insects and small animals such as; worms, spiders, and minnows.

The diet from algae to insects in a frog’s diet is the need for more protein-rich foods. 

These pond frogs will continue eating insects until they fully mature and eventually leave. Raising pond frogs will later result in fewer insects and fewer bug bites.  

 

Frogs For Bass food

Frogs reproduce at a very fast rate, which means once you put some frogs and tadpoles into your pond, you will likely never have to get more. A natural body of water will also attract frogs to your pond because they think of it as a place to spawn and lay their eggs.

Frogs are a great source of food when it comes to your Bass or any game fish in your pond. Game fish include Perch, Bluegill, crappie, or catfish.

Not only are they great to feed your gamefish, but they are also great to use on a fishing trip.

 

How To Remove Frogs From Pond

How To Remove Frogs From Pond

Frogs can multiple at an exponential rate especially if they have no predators. As a result, frogs might start to take over your pond or water garden. 

Luckily, there are many ways to resolve this: 

  1. Relocate a half-mile away – When the frogs start to make a lot of noise, grab a container or bucket, sweep them into whatever you’ve chosen, and take them at least half a mile from your pond. This will make sure they never find their way back.
  2. Add moving water and fountains – Frogs like to mate and lay their eggs in still bodies of water so adding more fountains and waterfalls etc, to increase the water movement will make the frogs less prone to mate in your pond.
  3. Add fish – Adding fish is another huge way to reduce the number of frogs. Just adding a few minnows will keep the frog population down as they will eat the frog eggs. Adding in larger fish such as panfish will be able to eat tadpoles and the frogs themselves.
  4. Spread salt – spreading salt around your pond will deter any frog from trying to enter the water. Frogs can get dehydrated very easily and will avoid the salt. Make sure to avoid spreading salt directly in plants as it will kill them.

Wiping out an entire pond population of frogs is not always the way to go.

If these pond frogs are taking over your pond, taking about half of them out and adding fish and waterfalls should make the frog population in your pond greatly diminish.

I’ve also written an entire article dedicated to having too many pond frogs if you’re interested.

  

Pond Frog Facts

Pond Frog Facts

Do Pond Frogs Shed?

Frogs shed their outermost skin regularly to keep themselves healthy. After they shed it, yup, they eat it! Gross!

The shredded skin is like a snack for them, they love it.

 

How Do Pond Frogs and Tadpoles Breathe?

Frogs can breathe through their skin and frogs can absorb the moisture of water into their skin.

This is how a frog can spend up to 3 months underwater, they absorb the oxygen in the water through their skin.

Their skin is very thin, so when the frogs are underwater, oxygen is easily passed through. Pond fish have lungs but they rarely use them, as it is usually used to up their oxygen levels.

Tadpoles can breathe through their gills, but unfortunately, they lose them as they mature into adult frogs.

 

How Long Can a Frog Stay Underwater?

Frogs can stay up to a couple of months underwater(when hibernating).

This usually depends on how often they’re using their energy. When a frog is moving around a bunch, it would need to gather more oxygen and may not get enough through its skin.

 

How Do  Pond Frogs Protect Themselves?

Frogs have what I like to call a “superpower”, the power of camouflage.

This power protects them from smaller animals and birds. They usually turn green, grey, or brown to blend in with their surroundings.

 

Do Frogs Have Their Own Call?

Yes, frogs have a call that is unique to that species. Some calls can even be heard up to 1 mile away.

The frogs have different calls for different activities such as mating and when it is time to feed. If you raised a whole bunch of these frogs, I guess you wouldn’t have to set an alarm anymore.

 

How High Can Frogs Jump?

Frogs can jump well over 20 times their whole body length.

Think about that, if we could do that we’d be able to jump 30 meters(32 yards). Sports would never be the same.

 

Types of Frogs in Your Pond

Types of Frogs in Your Pond

Depending on your location, you will see many different species of pond frogs. Each frog species needs different care and has different needs. 

I have written an in-depth article about these different common frog species if you are interested.

 

Conclusion

Pond frogs need to have a certain environment if they are going to stay at your pond. They need, food, shelter, slow-moving or still water, plants to hide and lay eggs on. If you have these few factors, you will have plenty of frogs that will thrive in your pond