Frogs are an essential part of our natural environment. They help to control the populations of animals that they feed upon. Frogs, in turn, become food for other predators. Animals that eat frogs include some snakes, goannas, freshwater turtles, egrets, kookaburras, antechinuses, and dingoes.
Council has produced a frog brochure(PDF, 2MB) to assist residents to identify frogs in our Region, and to provide information about establishing and protecting healthy frog-habitats. The booklet contains information about 35 native frog species.
Your backyard environment can be made more suitable for frogs by creating a frog pond.
When building a frog pond keep in mind to plan the appropriate species, create an appropriate depth of the pool / pond, keep rocks and hollow logs near the water and prevent any fertilisers or poisons from entering this environment.
The advantages of frog ponds are:
- A water garden with flowering marsh plants and water lilies is a very attractive focal point. These plants generally require little maintenance.
- The ability to observe the life cycle of frogs throughout the seasons provides added interest to your gardening.
- Frogs help control insect pests.
- Mosquitoes can be controlled by including native fish to eat the mosquito larvae.
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