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Old 15th November 2017   #1
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So I have dug a sloping area in my backyard for a small amphibian pond, I will keep this thread updated with my progress. You cannot tell from the photos, but It has a total of about 8 inches of slope, the deepest at the center.



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This is a lovely project. I am looking forward to seeing what takes advantage of your new pond. Do keep adding photo's



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Oops, the photos did not upload with the post here are the photos:
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Interesting. Will it retain water without pond liner ?



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This was just after a dug it, I have since put a heavy duty, waterproof, sunproof, tarp as a cheap liner.



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The tarp is in, 2 rains have happened this is what the future breeding grounds are looking like:
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Have you got any small branches/ twigs in there as well? And maybe some places for them to hide around the outer edges, like bark/ wood/ rocks.. I am really looking forward to seeing what turns up here, and I may be getting a little carried away with this

What caudates would you expect to come and use your pond, it might be a bit of fun ( for me) to make a little list here of what you might find on this post.

Also, if you make a little note of the weather conditions and dates of when you see any animals and when they breed, I would find that really interesting. And don't forget the photo's

I'll stop now as I feel maybe I'm being a tad demanding



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Well, based on what is in my area, definitely American Toads, Fowler's Toads, Cope's Gray Treefrogs. Also a possibility of spring peepers, pickerel frogs and pine woods treefrogs.



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Well, it is Feb 17 atm, Been raining for the last 5 days straight, and yesterday and today the temperature was 65-ish degrees, and lo and behold, take break from watching the olympics to listen to the frogs, and look what I found in the pond. First pick is a mix of spring peeper and upland chorus frog eggs, second pic is a southern leopard frog, third pic is an upland chorus frog. Will have American and Fowler's toads later in the year.
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Also found the first snake of the year yesterday, looking forward to many field herping posts. :)



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This is so cool! If I ever have my own property I'll definitely do this.



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Have developed a leak in that pond, So I have no good images, But their is 10 or so Bronze Frogs that seem to be permanent residents, and In Early July I had a Cope's Gray Treefrog pair breed and tadpoles hatched and metamorphosed in about 6 weeks. I am going to move thta pond to a different location in my backyard this winter, to a place where it will get more sunlight.



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