Striped Marsh Frog
Pop, Pop, Pop goes the Striped Marsh Frog
Around November each year, Striped Marsh Frogs popping like popcorn! During spring and summer, males either call from the water or hidden places, such as under leaf litter or rocks.
The distinctive mating call is a single ‘pop’, ‘toc’ or ‘whuck’ repeated once every few seconds.
Frogs live a double life. Part of it is spent underwater breathing through gills, and part on land, breathing with lungs.
Striped Marsh Frogs lay masses of eggs which are easy to spot as they look like beaten egg whites with pepper in it. As well as this double life, they spend a lot of time in winter hibernating at which time they don’t need to eat.
As the weather is warming up, your Striped Marsh Frogs are waking up and looking for a feed to fatten up for the mating season from September through to April, when they lay their eggs.
The tadpoles are mostly bottom-dwellers, darkly pigmented and can take up to a year to metamorphose. Tadpoles swim around eating tiny animals, algae and other plant life in the water. Gradually they lose their tails and grow little legs and arms until finally they turn into fully formed frogs.
These frogs are perfect for keeping summer insects at bay as they constantly eat anything that moves and fits in their mouth including house flies, blowflies, crickets, cockroaches, mosquitoes and their larvae, slugs, snails, beetles and even other frogs.
Striped Marsh Frogs like permanent water sources. They live amongst reeds, leaf litter and fallen logs, so place some around your pond to give them a safe place to live.
They are aggressive breeders that make it hard for smaller and less dominant frogs to breed. If you want more than one type of frog, it is best to have more than one frog pond on different levels in your garden. The more the merrier!
DID YOU KNOW?The Striped Marsh Frog is a hardy frog found in many different environments and is very adaptable and appears to be quite tolerant of polluted water.
TIPBe a buddy to Striped Marsh Frogs by planting local native shrubs and trees in your backyard, and place rocks around ponds. Leave leaf litter and rocks in your garden, and place rocks or branches in water so frogs can get out easily. Keep your cat or dog away from known frog areas and avoid using pesticides or chemicals in your garden that could contaminate water used by frogs.