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Re: habitat and ponds

Just adding from my experience.  We have several watergardens of various 
types.  Some are in ground ponds....some large, some small.  We have tubs, etc. of 
varying sizes above ground.   All the in-ground ponds get used by amphibians. 
 The tubs with the high edges don't get used, although I have to fish a toad 
out of there every once in a while, never see any tadpoles.  The above ground 
with many plants and lower edges get used by the toads, but not so much the 
frogs.......I think and have been told, that these tubs (about the size of 
whiskey barrels) aren't large enough for frogs.

Toad tadpoles are much much smaller than frog tadpoles.  Toad tadpoles get 
about an inch or so max.  where a frog tadpole is much larger, getting to 3 or 4 
inches, maybe more.  My treefrog tadpoles get to about 2 inches.   So a small 
tub is not necessarily suitable for a whole bunch of them.

zone 9
Texas Gulf Coast

In a message dated 6/29/2003 11:02:47 PM Central Standard Time, 
gardenchat-owner@hort.net writes:

> Would I need to bury it to attract the wildlife?  Gads, I can't imagine
> digging a hole that size, not to mention, the hardpan I'll hit about 12
> inches down and the problem of tree roots.
> So, does the pond need to be flush with the soil for the amphibians to come?

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