Garden hazards

  • Frogs are often the victims of careless trimming and mowing, especially in grass that is not kept closely mown.
  • Garden water features are often hazardous to frogs and consideration should be given to providing "stepping” places so that frogs can leave the water.
  • Likewise, swimming pools that abound in homes around the country often prove fatal to frogs. A little thought in providing exit points will go a long way in ensuring that your froggy friend gets back onto dry land. A good idea is to attach a frisby at the edge of your pool. You can "dress up” your frisby to make it look like a lily pad!

The Gardener's Friend

Many people have phobias about frogs, even though myth has it that one of them won a princess's heart and was transformed into a handsome prince with a royal kiss.

Frogs may not be able to turn into princes but they definitely play princely roles in wetlands, ponds, rivers and vleis as both predators and prey and as indicators of ecosystem health and fall under the class Amphibia as most species live both in water and on land. For instance in frogs, the young stages (tadpoles) live in the water and have gills to breath whereas the adult breaths through its moist skin as well as through lungs and usually lives in and around water.

It has been said that frogs are noisy, colourful, fascinating and often charming. Some frequently show up in gardens or homes, others are rare and highly elusive and several are endangered.

Gardener's friend

Gardeners should welcome frogs. They eat beetles, bugs, snails and slugs, which are generally not welcomed in the town garden setting.

Too many frogs?

People are sometimes concerned that they have too much spawn in their garden pond. You can never have too much as only five out of every 2,000 eggs are thought to survive into adulthood. Fish, birds, water beetles and insects eat tadpoles, so laying such a large number of eggs is necessary for the species to survive.

It should be noted that frogs and toads may not be used as live bait for fishing. Such action may result in prosecution in terms of the Animals Protection Act No. 71 of 1962.

Updated: 26 November 2012

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