Bullfrogs on the Loose

american bullfrogIn Minnesota. Yep, they’re out of control and running unchecked in backyards everywhere. Plus the big fella’s are eating everything they can get their hands, er . . . webs, tongue, whatever on:

“A bullfrog will eat anything it can fit into its mouth,” said Yvette Monstad, a non-game research specialist for the department. “We’re seeing them in places they’ve never been seen before, and it’s been escalating the past year or two.”

Why people would buy frogs to put into their pond is way beyond me. Ponds are a terrific magnet to bring frogs into your yard-a terrific magnet. One of the biggest complaints I hear about frogs and ponds is this.

The noise, we can’t take the noise . . . ever since the frogs came into our new pond, it’s so loud.

I can’t even begin to tell you how many times I’ve heard this. One other note is this story is true. From Ken Ellis of the Minnesota Water Garden Society.

“I’m not aware of anyone stocking any kind of frogs in their ponds,” he said. “Frogs will show up in ponds on their own because there’s water there. But you don’t really want them because they don’t winter-over very well.”

Frogs seem to like going into the skimmer unit, and this is a place they go to stay. Always finding dead frogs in the skimmer. Poor fella’s seem to think it’s some sort of sauna or whirlpool.

What I don’t understand from the story . . . is the homeowner is the problem? If the bullfrog is illegal to sell in Minnesota go after the pet-store owners. After all, who would believe(homeowners, you, me) that frogs(bullfrogs) are an invasive species.

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