Having frogs in your backyard, parkland or ecosystem is a great sign. Frogs are very sensitive to toxins in the environment, as they have highly permeable skins and therefore are often labelled as bio-indicators.
If you don't have frogs currently in your backyard, don't worry there are ways to encourage them to share your lovely patch.
Methods to encourage frogs
- habitat - some species require permanent sources of water, whilst others primarily spend most of their time within the cover provided by trees and/or shrubs
- limit your use of toxic chemicals around your house and garden - stop using chemical pesticides and herbicides in your garden and turn to organic practices, where possible
- food source - encourage attractive insects into your garden. Instead of spraying mosquitoes or spiders leave them around. Also if plan on having a pond include plants in the waterbody
- keep your pets away - they just don't mix, although the old lap dog probably won't affect the balance
- indicates that you have a healthy ecosystem in your patch
- means other processes in your area are likely to be functioning - if the frogs are there, then many of native species will be present too
- indicates that you will be less exposed to toxic chemicals, because where there are frogs there are unlikely to be a plethora of chemicals
- reduction in nasty insects, such as those biting mosquitoes
- lovely night time choruses