Ponds & Tadpoles

Basic Considerations for Ponds

As more and more people move to Far North Queensland, there is increasing pressure to remove habitat and replace it with houses. This is still one of the leading causes for frog decline in this region. It does help frogs if microhabitats can be provided for them so that they can still have places to live and breed whilst having to share that space with humans. This page covers the basics of setting up a frog pond in our tropical climate.

Before You Collect Those Tadpoles

If you should acquire some tadpoles, each batch you receive should be handled separately from any others and be kept at least a metre (3 feet) of space apart between each container. Put labels on each container with the location the tads came from and the date. Do not put them into your pond but rather raise them in aquariums or other containers.

Raising Tadpoles in Containers and Ponds

Caring for a few tadpoles and watching them turn into frogs (metamorphose) is a fascinating and rewarding activity for young and old alike. It is also becoming more useful for scientific reasons, too. There are still many things we don't know about frogs while many species worldwide are disappearing before our eyes. Some of the information about a frog's life cycle are far easier to obtain from frogs and tadpoles in captivity.