Frogs in a Phoenix Pond
Who let the frogs out?
Now that song's stuck in your head. ;-) If you have a Phoenix pond, you may be hearing, and even seeing, an increase in frog and/or toad activity. We’re taking this as a good sign that the weather is starting to change to Fall! And we’ll probably be seeing egg sacks and tadpoles a little later on in our Phoenix pond, as well.
We are lucky enough to have endangered Lowland Leopard Frogs in our Phoenix pond, which migrated to our property during a particularly heavy monsoon season about 14 years ago from the Agua Fria River bottom. Because they’re endangered, it is illegal to transport them without a special permit from the State, even from one Phoenix pond to another. This species has declined in abundance and distribution across its range in the United States, so Arizona Game & Fish keeps a tight rein on it. They make a lovely purring-type sound, and are actually fairly shy about showing themselves.
What most people have in and around their property and Phoenix ponds are Sonoran Desert Toads, which are the largest western species of toad, and considered to be one of the more aquatic of the southwestern toads. They dig into the dirt and hibernate during the dry times to avoid desiccation, and then come hopping out during wet and humid seasons. Desert toads make a distinctive sound, like a child’s short screech, and some people find this rather annoying. If you’re one of them, don’t sweat it, the toad season doesn’t last long, and they’ll be dug back into their hidey holes as soon as it dries out again. They won't even hang out in a living Arizona pond year-round.
One amphibian you DO NOT want around your property and Phoenix pond is the Bull Frog. They eat native wildlife species like birds, small mammals, dragonflies, butterflies, lizards, frogs, turtles, and fish – pretty much anything smaller than them that they can catch. We’ve even seen a photo of one with a bat wing sticking out of its mouth. They are prolific reproducers and considered highly invasive, and can travel 8 miles in one season to seek a new habitat. Their sound is VERY loud and annoying, and even your neighbors will know you have one around. If so, get rid of it – permanently. And if you’re the adventurous type, this is the species used for culinary frogs legs.
For more information on various amphibians in Arizona, visit Arizona Game & Fish Department.
For more information on designing & building your own Phoenix pond, start HERE.
5/14/2018 10:28:09 am
I am trying to find tadpoles for my 5 year old granddaughter. Quite likely she's an up and coming scientist. She wants to raise them and her teacher would like to include them for the class. Unfortunately I can't afford some of the prices I see at Amazon and was wondering if you might know of someone who has some to share or maybe even consider them a pest and would like to "rehome" them.
6/13/2021 01:02:16 am
I can tell you where to catch them 602-545-2669
1/25/2022 11:01:30 am
Hi, My name is Anthony I live in Phoenix I was wondering where I can catch tadpoles at exactly, Maybe like a address or something?
9/3/2021 02:40:47 am
I love frog/toad. Catching frogs is a fascinating childhood past time. One thing remember frogs are important for maintaining ecosystems.
7/11/2022 10:55:22 pm
I am trying to catch some tadpoles in the wild to teach my preschoolers about the lifecycle of a toad/frog. Can you tell me where and when I can find them in the metro-Phoenix area? Thank you!
7/12/2022 07:23:51 am
Be careful! Many species of frogs and tadpoles are illegal to transport in the State of Arizona. Please contact Arizona Game and Fish for more information and guidance.
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