Found some little friends in my pond!

  1. Dlondon95

    Dlondon95 Well Known Member Member

    When I got home from school today, I saw my dog was poking around at the pond, so I decided to have a look at it. What I found were to little American Toads mating!

    After letting them do their business, I did a closer inspection and I found eggs!

    Here's some pics!

    Female
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    Part of the male
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    Eggs!
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    "Back off!"
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    Sorry the pics are so bad. I have yet to get a water pump for the pond, so the water is green and gross. I won't be getting fish for the pond until I get a good liner and a pump.
     
  2. Shawnie

    Shawnie Fishlore Legend Member

    wow those are great pictures!
     
  3. Dino

    Dino Fishlore VIP Member

    Very interesting pictures.
    I have those in the ponds here too.
    Plus spring peepers, in the cattle trough next to my house.
     


  4. B

    Borisbbadd Guest

    Cool !!!
     
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    Dlondon95

    Dlondon95 Well Known Member Member

    Thanks!

    I just went outside and they are singing to each other! VERY loudly! haha

    Dino: Do yours lay eggs? I'm kinda excited to see if they hatch. Since I don't have any fish in there, I think they have a pretty good chance.
     
  6. Dino

    Dino Fishlore VIP Member

    Oh yeah, I have A. toads, spring peepers and leopard frog tads in the contained water and bullfrog tads in my gamefish pond. All are so heavily planted that some always survive.

    Yeah, I love listening to the frogs, which is why the trough has not been moved from by my back door.
    30 or so peepers going gets VERY loud.
     


  7. pirahnah3

    pirahnah3 Fishlore VIP Member

    they look great, hopefully some can make it and youll have a few new friends for the pond, and will keep your insect population down.
     
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    Dlondon95

    Dlondon95 Well Known Member Member

    That's good to know that some will survive.

    I'm really glad this whole thing happened because the toad population around here has gone down a lot in the past couple years. I hardly see any of them anymore.
     
  9. Dino

    Dino Fishlore VIP Member

    Pesticides have reduced amphibian populations in a lot of areas.
     
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    Dlondon95

    Dlondon95 Well Known Member Member

    I'm not sure if that's the case here or not. There are quite a few farms around here, but as far as I know, none of the local ones use harsh pesticides.
     
  11. pirahnah3

    pirahnah3 Fishlore VIP Member

    yeah I wish that they would spend some research time on some more animal and plant friendly alternatives.
     
  12. Dino

    Dino Fishlore VIP Member

    That is good to hear, Dillion. I know also a lot get run over by cars.
     
  13. I keep fish

    I keep fish Well Known Member Member

    In wisconsin we only have 12 species and all but 2 or 3 are at endangered or threatened. While other species ex green frog is seen all the time.
     
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    Dlondon95

    Dlondon95 Well Known Member Member

    Tadpoles..... 100s and 100s..... of tadpoles...... EVERYWHERE!

    I just got home and my mom said there were a bunch of them in the pond. I was expecting to see just a little spot of them, but no. There had to be least 5 per square inch in that whole pond.

    I haven't seen the parents for a while. What can I feed them? do they feed off of algae in the pond?
     
  15. Dino

    Dino Fishlore VIP Member

    Yes, they eat algae.
    If you want to feed them, toss in a few lettus leaves.
     
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    Dlondon95

    Dlondon95 Well Known Member Member

    Thanks Dino!

    I'm going to be draining the pond tomorrow and putting in a new liner. I'm gonna put all the tadpoles in a bucket and get a picture so you can all see how many their are!