MY FROG/TOAD HABITAT

About: 1945 was a very good year. No, not for wine ... for me. I was born. Yes, I'm old, Father William, but brillig, and my slithy toves still gyre and gimble in the wabe. So let me welcome you to the Little Sho...

Wifey and I moved into our new house on Halloween of 2017. When spring arrived I saw all these tiny toads hopping around the yard. They needed a habitat. So I built one.

Step 1: HABITAT LOCALE

This area (as the previous owners left it) seemed ready made for a habitat.

Step 2: Decor

I rummaged through the garage and found toady stuff, and rummaged in the yard and around the house and found bricks.

Step 3: 'TIS SOME LONELY VISITOR, I MUTTERED.....

No sooner had I begun when a toad paid a visit to the area.

Step 4: THE TOAD POND

I found a cover in the garage to some forgotten serving dish. I wanted something I could change the water frequently knowing mosquitoes would also visit the habitat. I leveled the area and added water, then gathered the bricks.

Step 5: I ADDED BRICKS

I created cubbies for the toads to hide and feel secure in, and to my surprise, I hadn't even finished decorating the habitat when a toad jumped into the pond. He didn't move at all while I finished decorating the area. It was at this point I knew I was doing the right thing.

Step 6: FINISHING TOUCHES

At this point I stopped and let Mr. Toad enjoy the pond. I will, over time, add plants and what-not to the habitat. I might even build Toad Hall. And if you look carefully, you'll see Mr. toad is still in the pond.

I checked the pond again and there was another toad, unless it was the same toad showing his other profile. If more come I'll post their pictures.

I added Toad Hall.

There was a baby toad in the pond today. They seem to be enjoying it.

A large toad visited the pond.

Shaggy mane mushrooms (coprinus comatus) grew.

Let me know what you think. Comments are always welcome and questions are always answered.

KJ

Step 7: PLEASE VISIT MY OTHER LITTLE SHOP INSTRUCTABLES

This was an easy build and so rewarding when it was inhabited even before I finished.

KJ

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    LeighsaW

    3 months ago on Step 6

    I just LOVE this! We just moved a couple of weeks ago so I wonder if we have frogs in our yard...? There is a sizeable creek at the very back of the yard so there are surely some sort of Amphibeans around.

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    Kink JarfoldLeighsaW

    Reply 3 months ago

    So glad you love my frog habit. If you've got a creek, you definitely have critters living there. Wifey and I moved from an area that had a creek and at night you could hear the frogs loudly croaking. Our creek was also home to crayfish, snapping turtles, little fish, and snakes. I was surprised that our new house had frogs. I keep adding frog pictures to my Instructable. My habitat is a success.

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    oconee31.

    3 months ago

    It is very nice that you created an area for the frogs. And apparently, they think so too. :)

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    Kink Jarfoldoconee31.

    Reply 3 months ago

    Thanks for the words of support for my toads. I just built a little Toad Hall for them.

    KJ

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    Brokk Hrafnsson

    3 months ago

    Hehe, this instructable reminded me of the great toad invasion of 2011: baby toads everywhere. And I mean everywhere.

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    Brokk HrafnssonKink Jarfold

    Reply 3 months ago

    Here on our property, unfortunately. I think it was 2011, at least. I remember stuffing my coat pockets full of little toads, hoping to take them to our 'habitat'. Here's hoping there won't be a Great Hangliding Cow invasion of 2018 ;)

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    Kink JarfoldBrokk Hrafnsson

    Reply 3 months ago

    I've never seen a hang gliding cow. I hope I never see one. But I will tell you anyhow, I'd rather see than be one.

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    Gadisha

    3 months ago

    So nice of you that you made this for the toads!

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    Kink JarfoldGadisha

    Reply 3 months ago

    Yes, Gadisha, building this little habitat for my yard toads was very rewarding. Thanks for your comment.