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Old 16-06-2003, 05:09 PM
David W.E. Roberts
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Default froglets sticking on the paving

"dave @ stejonda" wrote in message
For the last few mornings we''ve been waking up to the sad sight of
numerous desiccated froglets on the paving around our (1st year) pond. I
assumed that these were just the ones too dumb to get back to the water
before drying out but yesterday my son noticed one whose feet appeared
to have stuck to the paving. It was struggling to get free and (good lad
that he is) he gently peeled it off and put in the water. We've now
spread out plastic bags on the paving around the slopes where the
froglets are emerging but still found a couple which had strayed further
and stuck.

Is this just natural selection which we should leave be? Do others find
these each year?

dave @ stejonda

We have had this problem - best thing we found was an old towel with one end
dipped in the pond so there was a damp pathway for them to travel.

Last couple of years there have been no crispy froglets which is making us
think that the fish have grown large enough to ingest tadpoles.