Frog Habitat

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

2 Responses

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.

P.S.

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.