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Do frogs lay eggs twice a year?

Asked by funnierthanme (36points) July 31st, 2014

Our pool wasn’t uncovered this year and became a backyard pond. It was filled with at least 1,000 tadpoles who developed into frogs in early July. By the end of July, there is another batch of hundreds of tadpoles growing their first legs. And, just two days ago, after a great deal of croaking, we watched a female leap into the “pond” (where the tadpoles from the second “litter” are still developing) and several males leap in after her. Is this normal behavior or is it unusual?

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funnierthanme's avatar

None of the links on Google answered my question. I spent the better part of today researching
my question and find nothing about frogs mating more than one time a year. The ones in my backyard seem to be starting a third time.

gailcalled's avatar

Depends on the species. What kind of frog?

XOIIO's avatar

Yes, the species is pretty important.

ibstubro's avatar

Frogs follow no standard.

What’s your question? Are you concerned about killing the tadpoles to prepping the pool for next year?

funnierthanme's avatar

I plan to let these tadpoles mature into frogs and leave the pool. The parents are small frogs about the size of the last digit of your thumb and about the color of skin. I’m not a biologist and would have no way of identifying the species. We have a creek running behind our barn about 200’ away and I assumed they migrated from the creek like they do every spring. Every year we let the tadpoles mature before we open the pool. If they breed more than once, we may never swim again. So, if this is a pattern we can expect from now on, we might as well turn our pool into a pond, for sure. We are in our early 70’s now, so what would it matter? We enjoy the croaking in the evening and it’s still going on. I was just really wanting to know if this was unusual, or something that routinely happens with ordinary frogs. I don’t thing “mine” are exotic frogs of any kind.

gailcalled's avatar

While thinking about your question, I stumbled upon this. The NYS Department of Environmental Conservation is sponsering a volunteer frog and toad monitoring program for their protection. There are 14 different frog and toad species in the state.

That led me to the North American Amphibian Monitoring Program

I bet you can find resources for your area to help you ID the little guy. I live in rural eastern NYS and have learned most of what I now know about the biota on my 20 acres from friends and neighbors. Having lived in suburbia or urban areas all of my life until I moved here in 1986, I had a lot to learn, and still do.

My neighbors and I share a pond (they own the lion’s share and did the research) and we are going to put grass carp in it to deal with the bad algae problem. I learned several years ago that if you plant a few wild yellow iris pseudacorus, they will spread…fast.

We have spring peepers and bull frogs. They are quiet now.

Where are you?

Welcome to fluther.

funnierthanme's avatar

I’m in Southern Ohio. I stumbled on a web site and found the same thing, that there are 14 and possibly 15 species of frogs in Ohio. 12 of them live in Scioto County where I live. We’re at the bottom of the state at the Ohio River. I looked over the description of each frog and chose the three that I believe are living in my backyard: The Wood Frog, the Mountain Chorus Frog, and the Spring Peeper. We hear the serenading of frogs from February until late summer. I love it. That would answer my question, I believe. We have a creek and a large pasture joining our property and both are ideal habitats to support each of these three frogs. Since we really enjoy the croaking in the evenings, we’ll just have to wait untill the tadpoles are gone before we open our pool each year.

Thanks for the welcome, and thank you everyone for trying to help.

gailcalled's avatar

Learning more about frogs than I have planned to, I wonder about the American bullfrog. There are huge numbers of them here. My three grand-nephews spend a large part of last week-end chasning them around their grandmother’s large pond, also in central eastern rural NYS.

“The bullfrog breeding season typically lasts two to three months. A study of bullfrogs in Michigan showed the males arriving at the breeding site in late May or early June, and remaining in the area into July.”

“The bullfrogs have a prolonged breeding season, with the males continuously engaging in sexual activity throughout. Males are present at the breeding pond for longer periods than females during the entire season, increasing their chances of multiple matings.”

Can you and the frogs coexist or share the pool? it seems a shame not to enjoy it in the height of summer?

dappled_leaves's avatar

@funnierthanme It looks like you’ve found a great resource in If I were you, I’d write them and ask the questions you’ve posed to us – all we can do is speculate. Do come back and let us know what they recommend; I’m interested to know if Ohioan frogs need help in establishing and maintaining breeding habitat.

funnierthanme's avatar

It would be great if the frogs would swim right along, too, but the chlorine that makes the water safe for us eventually kills the frogs.

I will checkout the website and contact them to see what additional information I can find out and report back. I had no idea frogs could be so interesting.

gailcalled's avatar

De gustbus. If only they ate ticks.

funnierthanme's avatar

You said that right!

gailcalled's avatar

^^ Listen to this

Edit; De gustibus.

funnierthanme's avatar

I wasn’t able to get in touch with yet. They want you to use an internet email program like outlook express but Windows 7 doesn’t have it and I can’t get anything like that downloaded.

dappled_leaves's avatar

You could also email the Contact address directly: anura [at]

Usually, it’s possible to see the email address if you hover your cursor over the “mailto” link.

funnierthanme's avatar

How do you put pictures up? I have a toad I caught in my basement that doesn’t look like either the Fowlers Toad or the Eastern American Toad they show on Maybe someone here can help me compare it better.

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