Frog Habitat #561423
Asked May 15, 2019, 6:17 AM EDT
Is there a safe way to get frog spawn or tadpoles into my frog habitat? What about turtles? We don’t live near open spaces, but have a large wooded yard.
Lane County Oregon
I would not recommend gathering turtles or buying them for your area. Small frogs are common in our area and often hitch a ride on a water bird (eggs usually) to colonize new waters. Do not buy in bullfrogs as they are invasive to our native species. You can collect some tadpoles from a non-protected area, ie farm ponds, friends etc.
Please keep in mind that many species of frog are listed by Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife as Nongame Wildlife (OAR 635-044).... It is unlawful to move or relocate them without a permit from ODFW. You can learn more about frogs in Oregon here, and get details on how to you can help conserve them via the Oregon Conservtion strategy links: https://myodfw.com/wildlife-viewing/species/frogs-and-toads
Also, you might want to make sure your water feature is optimally attractive for frogs to naturally move in. Check out this article for details: https://extension.oregonstate.edu/news/how-build-simple-pond-native-frogs
Thanks for your enthusiasm for frog conservation and good luck attracting frogs to your site.