As mentioned somewhere on this web site, or someone else's web site, or maybe in a
book somewhere, your pond will attract a variety of wildlife. Some of it is good,
and some of it may need to be relocated. Bullfrogs are a good example of something
that is exciting to find in your pond for the first time. They ARE, after all, really
cool. Especially if you have little boys who will think they now have something to
Here's a little bedtime story that you might not want to share with the kiddies. This actually happened to me. It was Memorial
Day weekend. I had retrieved two baby mallard ducklings from the Scotchwood Nursing Home three days earlier. (This was a
month before we put the pond in at Scotchwood, and before the pond was in they had lost every single baby duck born in the
courtyard to preditory birds.) In the morning, 7 baby ducks had hatched, but by 2:00 p.m. when I got there to pick them up,
only two were left alive. I brought the two baby ducks home in an attempt to save them from certain death. The first one
died that first night for some unknown reason, but the second one was doing quite well in it's little habitat set up in my boys'
room. On Memorial Day, my husband's entire family descends on our house and we have a big party, so I thought it would be a
perfect opportunity to introduce the baby duck to the pond. There would be plenty of people around to make sure the duck
didn't run amuck (he-he!), get under the deck, or God forbid, have one of the cats get it. So in the pond he went. He was the
CUTEST little thing! He sat up on the edge of one of my plant pots and preened, then he would jump back in the pond and
swim around like he was having the time of his life! Everyone there couldn't get over how cute he was. Then, unexpectedly, it
happened. One of the young cousins shrieked, "A frog just ate the baby duck!!" My oldest son, Ryan, being a quick thinker,
grabbed the net at the pond edge and quickly netted the frog out of the pond with the duck in tow. In the confusion, the frog
escaped, but by then, I was pondside and there was NO WAY that frog was getting away from ME! I trapped the frog and pried
the lifeless baby duck from it's mouth, hoping to revive it, but to no avail.
somehow, they found their way here. Their deep croaking is a pleasant
accompaniment to the shrill songs of the toads, so I never really gave much thought
to them being there. After all, they eat bugs, and that's a good thing, right? The
problem with bullfrogs is that they will also eat, or attempt to eat, anything that
they think they can fit in their mouths. Small neighbor children beware!
feed their collection of worms to. I
have personally had one or two
bullfrogs in my pond since I put the
water in. They just "showed up". I
don't know how, as there isn't any large
water source within 5 miles of here, but
|These pictures were sent to
Shuck of Elwood, IN.
Yes, that's a bird's back
end sticking out of the
frog's mouth! Cindy says
this is not the first time
this has happened. Frog
relocation team suit up!
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Needless to say, what started as a happy day ended in tragedy. After that, I decided to relocate the two bullfrogs that had
taken up residence in my pond to the wild. After trapping and releasing one, one of my clients inquired about a large frog she
had seen in the back of my truck, and if she could have it. I told her that I had released that frog, but if she really wanted one,
I had another one to catch and relocate. I did warn her about what had happened and told her I suspected that bullfrogs would
eat fish too, if they got the opportunity. She wanted the frog anyway.
I delivered the other frog about a week or so later, and it did quite well in her backyard pond. However, by the end of the
season, her pond, which had been stocked with a dozen or so small goldfish, now contained only two.
The moral of the story? Bullfrogs will eat, or TRY to eat, anything that they think they can fit in their mouths. I have heard of
one bullfrog that even tried to eat a very large fish, but could only get half of it in his mouth. By the time the owner found the
frog, the fish was dead. I'm not sure if THAT frog was lucky enough to be relocated!
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