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iaw4
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# Posted: 16 Feb 2013 01:29


we have a 600 sqft roof garden. we are thinking of putting in a small fountain, some trees and shrubs...and maybe some frogs.

because we live in los angeles, I would think it would be a good idea to get some CA non-aquatic frogs for this purpose. alas, I have no idea what frogs are easy to tend (and breed)...and if they overbreed, it would be nice to return them to the environment.

maybe it even helps a little that we are physically separated from any pools, so there won't be much fungus blowing our way, and no predators other than birds. even cats can't get (easily) into our terrace.

* what frog would you recommend?

* where could I get some tadpoles of this species? (mail-order? physical? anywhere?)

* any other advice?

/iaw

k412
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# Posted: 17 Feb 2013 02:40


Go with toads if you want non aquatic just keep the water shallow, they aren't swimmers. Check your local species out and go frogging. Rainy nights as it cools down they come out. Any rural areas near you? Flip rocks, leaf litter in parks, around buildings. Make sure they are healthy before you return them to where you got them.


Nature has no mercy, people have the option.
iaw4
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# Posted: 17 Feb 2013 05:38


is there any place where one can buy or order toad tadpoles ? my frog hunting skills are zero. I would guess that I have a better chance at getting bitten by a rattler or meeting a coyote or mountain lion at night than successfully catching a few toads... kids would love to see them develop, too.

iaw

JJohnsen
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# Posted: 11 Mar 2013 03:57


From what I can recall from my own frog research, Oregon and California do not allow the sale of native animal species. You'll have to catch your native frogs.

Heather
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# Posted: 11 Mar 2013 13:21


I wouldn't recommend catching the native frogs... many states frown upon that. PLUS... wild caught tend to not do so well in captivity.


* Heather *

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iaw4
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# Posted: 11 Mar 2013 14:20


one would think that someone who has caught a native-species CA frog down in Tijuana would be allowed to breed them and sell the offspring. the idea is to help the frog population, not to hurt it. I don't want to harm the local population, so I don't want to abduct them, either.

this makes it difficult for individuals to do something good with reasonable effort...to replant a new amphibian population.

c'est la vis.

Heather
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# Posted: 11 Mar 2013 14:52 · Edited by: Heather


One would think... but the government isn't that "one" they try to protect, by leaving the breeding to those with the license to do so. The "general public" doesn't have all the resources and research. The general public, unfortunately is the cause of the decline (as well as the cause of the spread of the invasive species also causing havoc on native species)

c'est la vie

I read the "roof top" part but completely didn't register it! That is different than captivity... but the trick would be to make your "garden" appealing enough to KEEP the frogs.

Check your local reptile shops.... someone is bound to have native species.


* Heather *

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