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I have frogs in my pond. Will they survive the winter? Is there anything I can do to help them make it?

The frogs hibernate in burrows or bury themselves in mud. Toads and frogs are cold-blooded and their body processes slow down as the outside temperature drops. Frogs' bodies have some natural antifreeze chemicals built into them, but a few kinds of frogs who live in especially cold climates can even survive being frozen solid. Frogs hibernate to escape the freezing temperatures of winter. Their heartbeats and breathing slow, their body temperature drops to nearly match the outside temperature, and they pass the time in a state of dormancy or torpor. Aquatic frogs hibernate under water and take in oxygen from the water through their skin. They spend most of the winter lying on top of the bottom's mud or partially buried in mud. At times, they may even slowly swim around. Terrestrial frogs, including the spring peeper, normally hibernate on land. Spring peepers, for example, are not adept at digging; instead they find deep holes or cracks in logs or rocks, or simply burrow down in the leaf litter as far as they can. Their body temp needs to rise for them to move well. This is why you sometimes find frogs sunning themselves in the spring.


Are toads good for my yard?

They are the best thing for a garden. They gobble up all sorts of bugs and cause no damage. And, no, they do not cause warts. Be careful when you mow. They will jump out of the way of the mower, but you have to give them time. Try to mow when it is warmer and dry as they will be more likely to be out of the grass. They will overwinter in the garden. You can find them in pots and under boards. You can make a toad house out of broken clay pots. Partially bury them in a shady spot where there is some moisture. If you have a pond and hear high pitched sounds, it is the male calling to the females. She will lay strings of black eggs in the pond. The tadpoles will stay in the pond until they are fully formed, tiny toads. Fish LOVE toad eggs.



 
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