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Why do frogs/toads make so much noise? | Pond & Lakes Q&A

Why do frogs/toads make so much noise?

Why do frogs/toads make so much noise?
Stephanie – Pasadena, TX

With the official start of spring come and gone we are not the only ones excited about the rising temperatures. You will soon be serenaded by the assembly of frogs and toads that set up camp at your pond and lake. These frogs and toads can get quite boisterous as they let out calls that can be heard from miles away.

It is not the warm weather or a particularly good day that makes frogs and toads sing however. When toads and frogs call out they are actually trying to attract a mate. Both frogs and toads are capable of croaking but calls vary between each species allowing their mates to distinguish who’s who amongst the gathering of suitors. It is the male who calls out to potential female mates in an attempt to present itself as the best possible option as it is competing against a long line of bachelors. The size and health of each particular frog or toad, along with temperature can dictate the strength, pitch and carry of its call.

While most people enjoy the ambience provided by these calls, the impressive noise a chorus of frogs can produce can become problematic. If you find the noise troublesome you can try to encourage frogs and toads to move elsewhere by discouraging their habitat. Using tools like a Pond Rake and Weed Cutter you can cut and pull away plant debris and growth from around the shoreline of the pond. Without the protection from predators these frogs and toads will not be as inclined to call your pond home.

Pond Talk: Do frogs and toads tend to use your pond as a serenading staging ground? Have you taken steps to eliminate the noise or do you enjoy it?

Pond Rake/Weed Cutter

46 Responses

  1. I love hearing our frogs!

  2. I hear only one frog in the morning hours. He is very loud, enough to drown out the t.v. I like hearing him, he is very spastic in his calling. This is the first time I have heard him since living here these past three years. I see it as a blessing.

  3. How long does the mating season last?

    • Hi David – The start of mating season depends quite a bit on your location and climate, but once it has begun it will last roughly about a month.

  4. Can frogs tell you what temperature it is outside by how many times they croak per minute?

  5. the first few nights of this i was not sure what the noise was but now i look forward to it and it actually lulls me to sleep dmlbf

  6. I LOVE my frogs! I can’t imagine anyone not being enchanted by their music. When I hear the frogs and see all the evidence that there will soon be bazillions of tadpoles in our pond, I know we have a healthy, viable ecosystem. We have a nice size, man-pond, with about 40 or so fish of various types (no Koi) and every year when the frogs start singing I am a very happy lady.

    • I love your comment and couldn’t agree more. I am in Door County Wisconsin and there is a swamp behind our summer cabin. I love the songs of the frogs at night!

  7. My Neighbor must enjoy it because it is his little pond that the frogs are in! I however find it quite annoying night after night. What can I do about it?
    it is a water garden that he has made, it’s not like it was there before. Just another thing besides his 2 barking dogs amongst other things.

  8. Thank you all for ur wonderful comments….i too live over a natural pond or lake and we have deer, geese, badgers..and toads or frogs (which i never see, i only here in thw thick trees and water) as i lay here on my back in the sun on my upstairs patio, and type this with my phone, i was wondering why the toads made noises….now i know…and i love it….i will enjoy the free symphony as i kiss my girlfriend at night on my patio…

  9. Frogs are part of nature. If you don’t like nature, move to a condo in the city.

  10. I was going to write a long note why you should not kill the tadpoles, toads & frogs but I don’t think you’ll read it. Just remember, you’re killing the “Bottom of The Food Chain” as we know it. Please don’t kill them. If it’s possible to relocate them, please try to do that. If not, put an ad in the paper or online. I’ll bet someone in your neck of the woods will want them & be happy to come & get them. Thank you.

    • That was such a thoughtful and respectful comment when clearly you are passionate about the little guys. Thank you!

    • People r crazy frogs r almost xtinct dont get me started we took all there land I luv my pond and wildlife sum people should worry about more important things and loosen up

  11. Every spring I look forward to the serenade of the frogs! I will sit on my deck at dusk, listen to the call of the frogs and then watch as frogs come across the yard, patio and driveway! It is such a wonderful event to watch. A few days later there is thousands of eggs in my water garden. After they hatch, my grandchildren and I enjoy watching them develop. What a wonderful gift from God!

    • I like to call it my spring time symphony. I really enjoy the songs of the frogs in my backyard. There’s a small pond in back of my house. It’s much more pleasant than loud boomin music boxes. definitely a gift from God and a gift to our environment.

    • Beautiful

  12. My husband & I hurry up to clean our pond before the last frost so the toads can have it for the first part of summer. My neighbor has a pond too & every year, we both experience the singing of “toads in love”. I like to sit by the pond & watch their antics. Occasionally, I’ve had to save a female toad from certain drowning as so many male toads try to keep her for their own & sometimes, she’s under the water a wee bit too long. My Koi ignore the toads. I do have one bullfrog, poor thing, no girls in sight for him. How he came to be in my pond, I haven’t a clue.
    I leave my bedroom window open all night, just to listen to the toads singing. It’s so relaxing. I am looking forward to all the new babies this summer.

    • Cool

      • if anyone has any frogs, tadpoles, toads etc they dont want please send them to me.  You can never have too many frogs.  last year there were over 500 tadpoles in my 20 x 40 11 foot deep cement backyard pond  there were frogs hopping everywhere  you had to be careful not to walk on them.  dont know where they all went  this year  i dont have any  where did they go   jan salbashian

      • Hi Janet – Do you have a large fish population? It’s possible that the fish may have gotten to them early on. Another possibility is if the area around the pond has changed in any way that may discourage them, such as a change in the amount of plant coverage around the perimeter or in the pond which would reduce hiding places or food source.

  13. Love my frogs of all diff. kinds. I actually communicate with my frogs and they do have diff. sounds. They love worms and so fun to watch them, also i experienced the mating ritual, where they will roll and roll with the male on top i assume, but they r alot of fun!!! Love to hear them, u surely know the hot days r around when they sound off.

    • Me too Beverly. I have so far identified 10 species of frogs and toads. The funniest one has discovered a stone cave made by the boulders around my pond. His call is so magnified I’ve had people ask “how big is that frog”?

      • Tell me about the “bubbler”. My pond is cement 20 x 40 11 feet deep on one end 4 feet deep on other end. Leaves have fallen thru the past 5 years or more since we stopped using it as our swimming pool and gave it to mother nature. My large gold fish did not come back this year we had a very hard winter here in Wisconsin so guess my frogs too went along with the fish. How does the bubbler thing work? I never did anything with the pond in the winter and everybody always came back come spring. This year I had a few toads that wandered in and I had many toad tadpoles but I dont see any now and no new frogs came to visit this year. I feel bad with no frogs, my pond is ideal for them. I circulate the water, have pond weed and coon tail growing by itself and the new gold fish have already had two batches of babies. Why dont i have new frogs?

      • Hi Jan – Overtime, those leaves on the bottom can cause a gas buildup. Here is a blog we did specifically for frogs in the winter: Do I need to do anything special for my water garden frogs this winter?

        A bubbler or an aeration kit can help keep a hole in the ice open for gas exchange, especially in the winter. Once those leaves begin to decompose, they begin to give off gases that could be trapped under ice in the pond. If those gases build-up, you can be left with a fish/frog kill.

      • what kind of bubble what size for my pond it is 20 x 40 cement 11 1/2 deep on one end 4 feet deep on the other end

      • Hi Jan – Ideally you would want to aerate the entire pond but your depth does cause some issue. To aerate at the deepest part, you would need the PondSeries Aeration System. To just aerate the shallow end, you can use the KoiAir Aeration Kit. This diffuser plate has a max depth of 4′.

  14. A few years ago I heard what sounded like a bird chirping in our back yard. After a couple of nights of listening to this sound and not seeing any birds in the trees, I got my flashlight and followed the noise which led me to our enclosed above ground pool. There, sitting on the cover a bit away from the accumulated water, was a tiny frog…maybe an inch and a half long. His throat was puffed out and he was chirping away. He must have found a mate because one day whan I was walking around the inside of the pool enclosure, checking on the cover, etc., I spotted movement in the water. Upon closer examination, I discovered that we were now the proud ‘grandparents’ of several hundred tadpoles! Let me tell you, I scooped and scooped those little wiggly beings and put them in pails of the cover water. My husband had a section of preformed pond and got the idea to siphon the remaining water off the cover and the little tadpoles got to experience a once-in-a-lifetime chance as they rode through the hose and into the pond section below. I can only imagine what their thoughts were! We nourished those little babies, put plants in the pond section with them so they had a place to hide and watched them as they got their back legs and then their front legs. While some of the tadpoles grew into brown little toads, the majority were cute LITTLE green tree frogs…the ones that can hold onto your finger even when you turn them upside down. We had several people that we shared a bowl of tadpoles with so that they, also, could enjoy the experience of watching them develop. We probably slowed their development by feeding them but they almost all grew up and hopped away. There were very few casualties! It was a wonderful experience and I listen for their peeps every spring and wonder if any of them are from our ‘grandkids’!

    • My neighbor routed subdivision stormwater poor drainage system waters into my yard & put in a small decorative pond at the bottom of his hill behind my fence. I had a river in my yard every time it rained. I planted a weeping willow next to the fence 4 yrs. ago. Now the tree is taller than the houses & hangs over into 3 yards. The tree frog chorus starts every evening at dusk & I get to pretend we live on our farm instead of just visiting. I love the sound. Just like birds in the morning!

    • That is just about the sweetest thing I have ever read! I was looking on the internet to see what was chirping in my back yard and found your cute story. Thank you for sharing that. And I sure hope that is one your very own Grandfroggies in my yard. He will have a good safe home.
      f green Pasadena Texas

  15. We’ve had occasions where we would have over 100 toads in our pond in the spring gathered for mating. It was an amazing sight and a phenomenal chorus of chirping. When the fish population became established, that went down significantly. We still have lots of toads and a few bullfrogs and tree frogs around the house but the mass congregations have seemed to stop.

  16. We love our Frogs. we have a 10 x 10 pond with waterfall and stream bed. The frogs were singing today..We love to sit outside in the summer right at dark and listen to them sing away…

  17. Was told as a child that the songs of frogs were the first music on earth, and to me are among the sweetest, Several years ago I dug a little pond on the top of a dry ridge, and a few days after it was filled, the joyful noise began.Where they came from only the good Lord knows, but they found that tiny watering hole and made the evenings lovely with their “heart songs.” Theirs is the sound of life and reassurance, in an increasingly troubled land.

    • Loved your reply so very much as it is the way I was brought up and feel every night that they sing. Such a variation of tunes – and the whole neighborhood enjoys their songs. I had a tiny prefab pool for ten years with frogs visiting each year, then when lightening took down a huge tree in my backyard, I spent three years digging a pond, stream and waterfall. I now use the little pond just for the frogs (who all visit and sing in the large pond too, of course!) and baby fry from the big pond – and my whole yard is a giant joyous calliope of music!

    • amen to that..

  18. I LOVE the sound of frogs & toads – it’s like an evening symphony to me! I have frogs in my small backyard pond & one of them was quite a performer. He would sit on a rock near one of the pond lights, as if in a spotlight, and would “sing” like crazy. One night I sat by the pond and would try to imitate/answer his call; we carried on for almost a half hour! I look forward to them every year.

  19. The sound really becomes annoying, thanks for the tip about shoreline growth, definitely going to try it. I would rather not kill the things though it would be easy enough.

  20. My wife has trouble sleeping as it is so when the frogs, toads and crickets start their ritual….it does not make her happy. We will try raking around the edge of the pond. Do you have any other suggestions?

  21. We have two ponds in central Illinois. Is there anyway short of putting up a physical barrier to keep toads out of the ponds? We literally have carted away hundreds of spawning toads and relocated them, they lay million of eggs which we have to fish out or be overrun by toadpoles. I understand toads are good insect control, but they foul the water and the eggs are disgusting. As it is, we had thousands of babies last year. The ponds are a good size and would be rather impractical to wall off, any help would be greatly appreciated.

  22. My nutty neighbor tacked a letter on my front door demanding I do something about the noise my frogs were making. I sent back a scathing letter telling him the frogs found the pond on their own and it was nature at work and to just get over it. And, his dogs bark all year long and my pond frogs only bark part of the year.

  23. We’ve found probasbly 50 or more dead frogs in our 1/8th acre dpring fed pond. Don’t frogs leave the pond and buy themselves for the winter in the ground outside the pond?

    • You’re half right. They do bury themselves, but it’s at the bottom of the pond in the muck. If you had a hard winter where you live and the pond froze solid for most of the winter, and you did not have a bubbler, the gases from decaying plant matter built up and killed the frogs. I lost about a dozen frogs, too, because my bubbler was not working.

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