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#11 Salar

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Posted 19 March 2003 - 07:35 PM

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Live in Lancashire and as yet no frog spawn. But what I have found is a lot of frogs in pond with strange disease. Skin spit mainly around limb joints. An odd one or two with limbs missing. Theses don't live long, usually dead after a day or two.
Is anyone else coming across this phenomenon
Regards

I remember reading last year that there was a disease attacking our native frogs with exactly those symptoms. It sounded very serious, but we have not seen any evidence of this in our frogs yet. Try a search on the web for the stories, it hit national news.
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Posted 19 March 2003 - 07:47 PM

I have seen spawn in the garden pond but not in any lakes / bigger ponds yet.
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Posted 20 March 2003 - 12:55 AM

Still no sign in my pond. The whole area is dominated by the biggest ruddy frog I have ever seen !! Its belowing croak rattles my window panes ! It's probably frightening all the girls off !
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Posted 20 March 2003 - 01:10 AM

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Still no sign in my pond. The whole area is dominated by the biggest ruddy frog I have ever seen !! Its belowing croak rattles my window panes ! It's probably frightening all the girls off !

Sounds like you may have one of the escaped US bullfrogs in your garden. May be worth reporting to your local wldlife trust as I seem to recall they were doing surveys on them at one point to try and find out how many there are and where they've colonised.
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Posted 20 March 2003 - 01:39 AM

I think the bitter frost this morning mite have killed mine.

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Posted 21 March 2003 - 02:08 AM

Talking of Bullfrogs, there was a short period of time when you could buy the things in petshops etc...now that's what you call a tadpole!!!
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Posted 21 March 2003 - 02:15 AM

Koi,

I wouldn't worry about the frosts killing the frogspawn. I have seen f/s trapped in ice & yet it had'nt frozen! The tadpoles hatched & developed as normal, makes you wonder whether they have some form of natural antifreeze.
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Posted 21 March 2003 - 02:39 AM

We've got about 50-60 frogs in our pond now, and saw our first lumps of spawn. Although a lot of the tadpoles are eaten by fish, you will be surprised how many survive :)

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Posted 21 March 2003 - 11:18 PM

peter mccue:
Koi,

I wouldn't worry about the frosts killing the frogspawn. I have seen f/s trapped in ice & yet it had'nt frozen! The tadpoles hatched & developed as normal, makes you wonder whether they have some form of natural antifreeze.

Cool. Pretty hardy stuff then!

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Posted 22 March 2003 - 04:50 AM

Originally posted by jerrydog:
Live in Lancashire and as yet no frog spawn. But what I have found is a lot of frogs in pond with strange disease. Skin spit mainly around limb joints. An odd one or two with limbs missing. Theses don't live long, usually dead after a day or two.
Is anyone else coming across this phenomenon
Regards
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I remember reading last year that there was a disease attacking our native frogs with exactly those symptoms. It sounded very serious, but we have not seen any evidence of this in our frogs yet. Try a search on the web for the stories, it hit national news.


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