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Old 23-02-2003, 07:40 PM
Darren Jackson
 
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First signs of frog amplexus here in central England today. The water is
still quite cold, betwen 1C and 4C over the past few days. Two pairs of
frogs getting all loved up though. The new batch, coming soon! :-)

Here are a few photos from last year.
http://www.aprt65.dsl.pipex.com/darrenjackson/Pond.html

Any other signs of action around the UK?

Regards
Darren



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Old 24-02-2003, 09:31 PM
Lee Brouillet
 
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How cute!!! All I seem to get around here are Southern Toads: they engage
in - amplexus - (such a fancy name for what they're doin'! G) and leave .
.. . 3 days later, the pond's full of toadpoles. Shortly thereafter, they all
disappear - I mean every last one of 'em! - during the day, while I'm at
work. When I leave, there are a gazillion of them - when I come home, not a
one! You'd think my yard would look like the 7th Plague of Egypt, but you
can't find a single, solitary toadlet. Very strange. . .

Lee


"Darren Jackson" [email protected] wrote in message
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First signs of frog amplexus here in central England today. The water is
still quite cold, betwen 1C and 4C over the past few days. Two pairs of
frogs getting all loved up though. The new batch, coming soon! :-)

Here are a few photos from last year.
http://www.aprt65.dsl.pipex.com/darrenjackson/Pond.html

Any other signs of action around the UK?

Regards
Darren




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Old 24-02-2003, 11:28 PM
Darren Jackson
 
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Tadpoles/toadpoles are quickly gobbled up by fish and other predators
including birds. More than once last year I saw crows pecking them out the
water. I hand reared some indoors last year (they develop very quickly in
the warm 20**C indoors compared to the "cold" 0C to 10C outdoors. They
just need the water clearing out every other day or so as it gets pretty
mucky. It's cool to watch them develop though. Even as froglets they are
susceptible to predators, I saw a couple get gobbled by my modestly sized
fish. They reckon in the wild only a fraction of 1% survive, hence the
amount of spawn they lay!!

Darren

"Lee Brouillet" wrote in message
...
How cute!!! All I seem to get around here are Southern Toads: they engage
in - amplexus - (such a fancy name for what they're doin'! G) and leave

..
. . 3 days later, the pond's full of toadpoles. Shortly thereafter, they

all
disappear - I mean every last one of 'em! - during the day, while I'm at
work. When I leave, there are a gazillion of them - when I come home, not

a
one! You'd think my yard would look like the 7th Plague of Egypt, but you
can't find a single, solitary toadlet. Very strange. . .

Lee


"Darren Jackson" [email protected] wrote in message
.. .
First signs of frog amplexus here in central England today. The water is
still quite cold, betwen 1C and 4C over the past few days. Two pairs

of
frogs getting all loved up though. The new batch, coming soon! :-)

Here are a few photos from last year.
http://www.aprt65.dsl.pipex.com/darrenjackson/Pond.html

Any other signs of action around the UK?

Regards
Darren






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Old 24-02-2003, 11:45 PM
Darren Jackson
 
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Default Frogs... the new batch

Tadpoles/toadpoles are quickly gobbled up by fish and other predators
including birds. More than once last year I saw crows pecking them out the
water. I hand reared some indoors last year (they develop very quickly in
the warm 20**C indoors compared to the "cold" 0C to 10C outdoors. They
just need the water clearing out every other day or so as it gets pretty
mucky. It's cool to watch them develop though. Even as froglets they are
susceptible to predators, I saw a couple get gobbled by my modestly sized
fish. They reckon in the wild only a fraction of 1% survive, hence the
amount of spawn they lay!!

Darren

"Lee Brouillet" wrote in message
...
How cute!!! All I seem to get around here are Southern Toads: they engage
in - amplexus - (such a fancy name for what they're doin'! G) and leave

..
. . 3 days later, the pond's full of toadpoles. Shortly thereafter, they

all
disappear - I mean every last one of 'em! - during the day, while I'm at
work. When I leave, there are a gazillion of them - when I come home, not

a
one! You'd think my yard would look like the 7th Plague of Egypt, but you
can't find a single, solitary toadlet. Very strange. . .

Lee


"Darren Jackson" [email protected] wrote in message
.. .
First signs of frog amplexus here in central England today. The water is
still quite cold, betwen 1C and 4C over the past few days. Two pairs

of
frogs getting all loved up though. The new batch, coming soon! :-)

Here are a few photos from last year.
http://www.aprt65.dsl.pipex.com/darrenjackson/Pond.html

Any other signs of action around the UK?

Regards
Darren






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Old 25-02-2003, 03:15 PM
Lee Brouillet
 
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My fish (koi) don't like Southern Toads: they must taste NASTY. I've watched
the fish spit out a toadpole they accidently picked up while scrounging
algae (putooey!). And my pond is screened with a pool enclosure, so nothing
else can get them (in fact, I've often wondered how they get IN!), which
adds to the mystery of where they go: you'd think they'd be lined up
patiently at the areas where they can get out. Very strange. I've thought
about trying to get some real frogs (I have tree frogs, though) to live in
the pond area. They live in the water gardens in the back yard. Maybe this
year I'll transport a few of them from back to front!

Lee

"Darren Jackson" [email protected] wrote in message
. ..
Tadpoles/toadpoles are quickly gobbled up by fish and other predators
including birds. More than once last year I saw crows pecking them out the
water. I hand reared some indoors last year (they develop very quickly in
the warm 20**C indoors compared to the "cold" 0C to 10C outdoors. They
just need the water clearing out every other day or so as it gets pretty
mucky. It's cool to watch them develop though. Even as froglets they are
susceptible to predators, I saw a couple get gobbled by my modestly sized
fish. They reckon in the wild only a fraction of 1% survive, hence the
amount of spawn they lay!!

Darren

"Lee Brouillet" wrote in message
...
How cute!!! All I seem to get around here are Southern Toads: they

engage
in - amplexus - (such a fancy name for what they're doin'! G) and

leave
.
. . 3 days later, the pond's full of toadpoles. Shortly thereafter, they

all
disappear - I mean every last one of 'em! - during the day, while I'm at
work. When I leave, there are a gazillion of them - when I come home,

not
a
one! You'd think my yard would look like the 7th Plague of Egypt, but

you
can't find a single, solitary toadlet. Very strange. . .

Lee


"Darren Jackson" [email protected] wrote in

message
.. .
First signs of frog amplexus here in central England today. The water

is
still quite cold, betwen 1C and 4C over the past few days. Two pairs

of
frogs getting all loved up though. The new batch, coming soon! :-)

Here are a few photos from last year.
http://www.aprt65.dsl.pipex.com/darrenjackson/Pond.html

Any other signs of action around the UK?

Regards
Darren










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Old 25-02-2003, 03:51 PM
Darren Jackson
 
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I've read, but not witnessed, that some frogs will eat the spawn of others
as one way of giving their own offspring a fighting chance.

It's cool you have tree frogs. Here in England the range of amphibian
species is quite small.

Darren

"Lee Brouillet" wrote in message
...
My fish (koi) don't like Southern Toads: they must taste NASTY. I've

watched
the fish spit out a toadpole they accidently picked up while scrounging
algae (putooey!). And my pond is screened with a pool enclosure, so

nothing
else can get them (in fact, I've often wondered how they get IN!), which
adds to the mystery of where they go: you'd think they'd be lined up
patiently at the areas where they can get out. Very strange. I've thought
about trying to get some real frogs (I have tree frogs, though) to live in
the pond area. They live in the water gardens in the back yard. Maybe this
year I'll transport a few of them from back to front!

Lee

"Darren Jackson" [email protected] wrote in message
. ..
Tadpoles/toadpoles are quickly gobbled up by fish and other predators
including birds. More than once last year I saw crows pecking them out

the
water. I hand reared some indoors last year (they develop very quickly

in
the warm 20**C indoors compared to the "cold" 0C to 10C outdoors.

They
just need the water clearing out every other day or so as it gets pretty
mucky. It's cool to watch them develop though. Even as froglets they are
susceptible to predators, I saw a couple get gobbled by my modestly

sized
fish. They reckon in the wild only a fraction of 1% survive, hence the
amount of spawn they lay!!

Darren

"Lee Brouillet" wrote in message
...
How cute!!! All I seem to get around here are Southern Toads: they

engage
in - amplexus - (such a fancy name for what they're doin'! G) and

leave
.
. . 3 days later, the pond's full of toadpoles. Shortly thereafter,

they
all
disappear - I mean every last one of 'em! - during the day, while I'm

at
work. When I leave, there are a gazillion of them - when I come home,

not
a
one! You'd think my yard would look like the 7th Plague of Egypt, but

you
can't find a single, solitary toadlet. Very strange. . .

Lee


"Darren Jackson" [email protected] wrote in

message
.. .
First signs of frog amplexus here in central England today. The

water
is
still quite cold, betwen 1C and 4C over the past few days. Two

pairs
of
frogs getting all loved up though. The new batch, coming soon! :-)

Here are a few photos from last year.
http://www.aprt65.dsl.pipex.com/darrenjackson/Pond.html

Any other signs of action around the UK?

Regards
Darren










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Old 26-02-2003, 04:15 PM
Dave
 
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"Darren Jackson" [email protected] wrote in message ...
First signs of frog amplexus here in central England today. The water is
still quite cold, betwen 1C and 4C over the past few days. Two pairs of
frogs getting all loved up though. The new batch, coming soon! :-)

Here are a few photos from last year.
http://www.aprt65.dsl.pipex.com/darrenjackson/Pond.html

Any other signs of action around the UK?

Regards
Darren


Same here in Derby. First signs of activity on Sunday and counted 13
frogs hard at 'it' yesterday (Tuesday). The goldfish seem a bit wary;
but so far, over the years, none have ever been injured. I remember
this time last year the pond was frozen over apart from where the
heater was. Don't know what effect this has on the spawn. It's amazing
where it all goes eventually


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