Green tree frog behaviour

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Green tree frog behaviour

Postby bronnie » Thu Apr 23, 2015 10:09 am

Over the last couple of months we've had about 15 green tree frogs suddenly appear - initially they were fairly small. During the day they could be seen high up on our outside walls, some would huddle together, others were on their own. Over time they have all grown but dwindled in numbers and we are now down to 5. One of them has come inside the garage and is not venturing out at night anymore - it stays in the same position - high up on the wall in the corner. The other 4 all still go on their nightly excursions. I'm worried about the one that isn't going on its night excursions. Do they hibernate during winter?

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Postby Aaron » Thu Apr 23, 2015 3:39 pm

Hi,

It sounds like fairly normal occurrence. Initially there are large numbers of young frogs but their numbers dwindle as there isn't enough food or shelter to support them all in a small area so they move on to other areas or become food for other animals.

Most frogs do 'hibernate' or go into a period of low activity during the colder months (although there are some Australian frogs who specialise in calling and breeding in the winter!). In my experience once they've got a good feed and they find somewhere safe they will usually remain there until conditions are good. I wouldn't worry about the frog in the garage unless it looks like it is losing weight and looks unwell.

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Postby bronnie » Thu Apr 23, 2015 4:24 pm

Thanks Aaron :)

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Postby farles83 » Sun Apr 26, 2015 10:33 am

Ive got a questions too...

At what point in their life cycles do they hurry up and start climbing up the damn trees? I recently had them spawn in my pond for the first time ever and ive spent the last 6 months taking 3 hours to mow a 20 minute lawn so i don't kill them all.

And just now, at 10am ive gone out to drop some food in the pond and ive squashed a juvenile just chilling in my 1 inch long sir walter grass right out in the open. Had to finsh the poor thing off coz it was still kicking.

So sad and frustrating.

Get up the trees damn it!!

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Postby bronnie » Sun Apr 26, 2015 6:43 pm

Enjoyed your very amusing post, farless83. I've rarely found mine at ground level during the day. But then I missed the whole tadpole stage etc, as I only became aware of them when there were many high up on all our walls. Night time seems to the be the dangerous time for ours as I often find them at ground level then. Sorry I can't help

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Postby farles83 » Mon Apr 27, 2015 9:17 pm

I'm glad you enjoyed it!

So frustrating. Every dead frog (especially green ones) is like a knife to the heart for me :( Especially when i'm the one that kills them :(

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Postby Aaron » Tue Apr 28, 2015 12:37 pm

It's hard to know when they would begin climbing trees. They must think they have enough cover and protection amongst the grass if its long or thick. The only thing I can suggest is providing more shelter around the pond or in the garden beds and maybe they will prefer to shelter in there. But unfortunately there are lots of deaths at the tadpole and metamorph stage where they can be vulnerable but fortunately most species lay hundreds of eggs!

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Green tree frogs

Postby Gulper » Wed Oct 07, 2015 2:22 pm

Put in some frog poles! They'll have somewhere safe to go. A length of poly pipe (about 80 cm or so is good) buried upright in the ground as deeply as practicable (over 20cm is good) so the frogs can avoid extremes of temperature) and not immediately next to any walls or tree trunks (so you don't accidentally trap lizards). The frogs will climb up the outside and be safe inside. Put up a few- I have three species of frogs living in mine.


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