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Found a stray frog

I was walking down a road this evening and saw a frog on the pavement of a very urban area. I've no idea how it got there, but I am certain it would have ended up being stepped on, cycled on or eaten by a fox. It's torso also seemed quite bulged on the sides, so I wondered if it was a female looking for somewhere to spawn.

I get frogs in my garden in the summer and autumn (I think a nearby garden has a small pond), and recently found out that there's a frog living in a bucket of cloudy rain water in my own garden. So I picked up the 'stray' frog and put it in my garden in some dense plant foliage.

Should I put it in the bucket instead, or would two potentially spawning frogs in one builders bucket cause them to fight or something? I'm sure it's safe in the foliage now, but it may be looking for water.


  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,850

    A bucket doesn't sound a good place for a frog, it needs to be able to get out of the water and to find things to eat. The lost one may have been looking for a pond that doesn't exist any more.

    Dense plant foliage 100% better than bucket.

  • TomskTomsk Posts: 204

    Unfortunately, my garden is too small for any pond. I'd love to have one because they definitely help with the slugs and snails. There used to be lots of them living in the ivy on a fence, but the last neighbours managed to kill it all off before moving out, so now there's nowhere for the frogs to live. The first year I heard weird noises coming from the ivy was an unnerving experience. It sounded like a growling animal, and I was half expecting a mad pack of attack-rats to come running out at me before realising it was mere frogs!

    As for the bucket, the frog chose to live there itself. I only discovered there was one when I picked up the bucket a few weeks ago to empty the rainwater down the drain, and a rather startled frog suddenly popped up to the surface wondering what was going on! So I put the bucket back and left it alone. I also stacked some old lumps of wood in front of it to act as a set of stairs so that the frog can easily get in and out.

    If it managed to get itself in the bucket and is happy to be living there (it disappeared back down to the bottom of the bucket soon after I put it back), I'm sure the new frog could cope there too. I just wasn't sure whether frogs are territorial at all, or if they'd be happy to share and spawn in the same smallish bucket with a set of stairs to get in and out.

    I know it's OK in the plants, but if it is wanting to spawn, it'll need water and go looking for it. I don't know if it'll somehow instinctively find the small pond a few gardens away.

  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 33,288

    I had a "pond" in my last garden used by frogs. It was a central heating header tank sunk  into the ground. Not even 60 cm x 45 cm  x 45 cm deep.

  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Derbyshire but with a Nottinghamshire postcode. Posts: 16,461

    Frogs,can get in a bucket by jumping, they cant get out to feed. It will die of starvation. A  Two inch deep pot saucer of water is better.

  • ButtercupdaysButtercupdays Posts: 4,288

    Could you use some stones or bricks to prop the bucket securely on its side at an angle? Then the frog inside could get out and the one outside could get in if it wanted to. If you've got one of each you might even get tadpolesimage

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