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Homing Frogs

Post by Julie in Norfolk » 09 Mar 2014, 15:49

I couldn't find the old topic with this subject header. My pond is teeming with frogs, spawning away they are, hundreds of them! Ooer.
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Post by Stanley » 10 Mar 2014, 05:17

Thanks for reviving the frogs Jules. Cue Moh......?
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Post by Julie in Norfolk » 11 Mar 2014, 07:31

Does the frog mating season travel north like spring does? Bulbs flower from the south to the north of the UK taking about 8 weeks to get from Lands End to John o' Groats. I just wondered if the same were true of frogs mating. What is the trigger for frogs to mate (and toads probably)?I'm sure someone will know.
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Post by Stanley » 11 Mar 2014, 07:40

I think the main trigger is water temperature but I'm no expert. One thing I noted in my tramping days was that the Daffodils in Barlick were about the latest in the country and that includes the North of Scotland. I'll bet Deerplay up on the Bacup road is even later!
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Post by Tizer » 11 Mar 2014, 09:44

We've seen frog spawn well into development in late January in south Devon. The RSPCA web site says:
The breeding seasons for the most common amphibians are approximately:
Common frog: mid January - mid April
Common toad: early February - early May
Smooth newt: early April - early August
Palmate newt: early April - early August
Please note: The actual timing of mating and spawning is very variable, since it depends on the weather conditions. There may be several months’ difference in the timing of frogs spawning in different parts of the country. For example, in Cornwall frogspawn can be seen from the end of December and January, whereas in Newcastle it’s probably not seen until the end of March or early April.
Despite these differences, generally speaking:
frogspawn normally hatch from early March to late April
tadpoles grow legs during May
common frogs (and toads) leave the water from June to July.
http://www.rspca.org.uk/utilities/faq/- ... gsAndNewts

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Post by Tripps » 11 Mar 2014, 10:54

"Daffodils in Barlick were about the latest in the country"
The village of Thriplow near here have an annual daffodil weekend. It has become quite well known with coach trips etc. It must be quite a challenge to get the date right . With local daffodils now in full bloom, I was concerned to learn that this year's event is April 5/6th. I do hope they have a lot of late varieties.
I read that the Cambridge half marathon was held last Sunday in a temperature of 18C. Last year it was snowing! Conclusive proof of global warming. :smile:
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Post by Stanley » 12 Mar 2014, 04:45

Put that wooden spoon away David. You'll only trigger him off!
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Post by Julie in Norfolk » 14 Mar 2014, 07:23

Daffodils aplenty in our garden now, not surprising as I spotted the first one 2 weeks ago. What I hate is when grass cutting time comes and little froglets are around in the grass. It is a massacre. :sad:
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Post by Stanley » 14 Mar 2014, 09:19

Ah, the English obsession with trimming lawns as soon as the grass pokes up a bit. Why don't we leave them longer and enjoy the resulting meadow?
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Post by Julie in Norfolk » 15 Mar 2014, 07:46

In this house, grass is cut so presents left for us by Samu-el and Hunny can be spotted before accidental steppings. However the principle...
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Post by Julie in Norfolk » 15 Mar 2014, 07:50

I'm also concerned about water temperature, since last weekend's spawning we have had ground frosts. This is of course the practical basis for multiple fertilization and abandonment rather than the investment in a single fertilizations.
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Post by Stanley » 15 Mar 2014, 08:09

Don't worry, amazing what they can survive.....
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Post by Moh » 15 Mar 2014, 15:14

I have not ventured into the rear garden since my fall, so will ask hubby to check our ponds.
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Post by Sue » 16 Mar 2014, 08:05

Nothing in our garden yet
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Post by David Whipp » 16 Mar 2014, 13:42

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I don't know how long they've been there, but this lot look happy in an old bath in our garden today.

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Post by Stanley » 17 Mar 2014, 05:24

Could be extremely happy! Or is it just my dirty mind......
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Post by Julie in Norfolk » 17 Mar 2014, 07:23

Of course they're happy with their progeny all around them! Who wouldn't be! (Whilst they're still young).
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Post by David Whipp » 29 Mar 2014, 15:09

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Here's the frogspawn a fortnight on.

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Post by Stanley » 30 Mar 2014, 03:14

They're going to warm up from now on.... Looks as though they may survive.
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Post by David Whipp » 30 Mar 2014, 08:40

The frogs have spawned in an old bath in the garden which collects water from our roof. There's not a lot to eat in there. The tadpoles are veggie until their legs grow. They appreciate bread to feed on before then. After that, I think they prefer each other...

When the bath is in danger of drying out, we've kept it topped up with water.

The only year we've not seen some of them through to baby frog stage is when there was a cloudburst and the volume of water flushed the bath out.

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Post by hartley353 » 30 Mar 2014, 08:52

Every year the frogs and toads spawn in our pond, and every year the carp have a feast. Very few leave the pond as fully developed toads or frogs, but as nature intended some do, and they will be around the garden till the next year.

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Post by David Whipp » 04 Apr 2014, 08:09

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Quite a few tadpoles wriggling about amongst the frogspawn now.

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Post by Stanley » 04 Apr 2014, 08:17

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Post by David Whipp » 04 May 2014, 13:51

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A month on from the previous picture and the surviving tadpoles are much bigger.

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Re: Homing Frogs

Post by David Whipp » 11 Jun 2014, 14:51

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The tadpole's legs are growing; 11th June, between 5 and 6 weeks since the previous picture.

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