Frog Tubes!





Introduction: Frog Tubes!

Frog populations around the globe are dwindling due to the spread of fungal infections, pollution, and habitat fragmentation- amongst other things. Having frogs around the house can be beneficial to both your own garden and the environment! However, to encourage frogs to live around your home, you must first have a place for them to live.
Using just PVC pipes, you can create a home for treefrogs around your house.

PVC pipe(around 1-3" works best)
block of wood(for beating the pipe into the ground)

Taking any PVC pipe- bonus points for recycled material as long as it hasn't been used for any strong chemicals or metals- cut the pipes into the desired length. The tubes that I've used have been around two or three feet tall.
Cut the end of the pvc off at a diagonal angle to make it easier to stake into the ground.
Locate the area in which you wish to place the pipes. Areas receiving shade or partial sun are optimal. Some places to consider are under trees, in and around bushes, near ponds, and drainage areas like gutters.
You might want somebody to help you stake the tubes! Hold the pipe at a 90 degree angle from the ground, place the block over the top end, and strike with the hammer until the tubes are firmly in the ground.
If the lip of the pipes are sharp, you may need to use sandpaper to make it safe for the frogs.
Optional- paint! Use paint made for outdoor use, like deck furniture paint. Make sure it's safe to use on PVC. You may need to sand the pipes prior to application. Use artistic liberty here- make the tubes match your house, blend into the environment, or stand out with bright colors. You can paint them to look like bamboo or decorate them with bold patterns.
Enjoy the frogs! If you have any questions, leave a comment.



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    21 Discussions

    How do they get into the tubes?

    Hi, I had set up the frog tubes a few weeks ago, and haven't seen anything yet. Was wondering of you had any tips?

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    Have you tried moving them to another location? We have tubes all over our property and some just never get inhabitants. If you don't have many frogs in your area you may need to transplant some from another location.

    Ha! I love this! I'll have to try doing this, only with real bamboo, as some of our Vivax canes are getting pretty big. Cute idea! Thanks for sharing!

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    I've been meaning to try this with bamboo, actually! Tell me how it goes; bamboo probably looks 500% better than pvc, haha

    Well, at night the frogs will be hunting and mingling away from the tubes. If you want to see them in the tubes, check during the day. But if you meant, when do they move in? Whenever they decide to, probably.

    So what times do the frogs come to the pipes

    Most reptiles and amphibians like to live in small, secure places. The pipes retain moisture and don't seem to get very hot or cold, and they also keep the frogs out of direct sun. This is why you'll also find treefrogs in unfurled banana plant leaves, bromeliads, and similar plants.

    Treefrogs have a "do what I want" attitude. As long as it's at least a little damp and not very hot, you'll find them. I've found some in old coolers and flower pots in my yard, but I've only found them this grouped together in pipes.

    The pipes I've used are about 3' or 2', but you could probably get results from shorter or larger pipes!