Frog Habitat #561423 - Ask Extension


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

Expert Response

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.
Pat Patterson Replied May 16, 2019, 12:01 AM EDT

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:

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:

Thanks for your enthusiasm for frog conservation and good luck attracting frogs to your site.

Elizabeth Records Replied May 17, 2019, 2:46 PM EDT

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