Reptiles and Amphibians - invasive

American Bullfrog (Lithobates catesbeianus) on Jul 30, 2008

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Description of specimen

Very large tadpoles and frog, possibly a Bullfrog (see attached images). I have seen only one adult, but there seems to be more than 10 tadpoles.
Bullfrog? Bullfrog? and very large tadpoles Very large tadpoles

Commentary

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Reporter
July 30, 2008, 5:33 p.m.

Hi Eric, thanks for your report. Bullfrogs are a major reason why young native turtles do not survive in Oregon ponds. In some areas, they eat 100 percent of young turtles.

I know you don't own or manage the ponds, but you might find it interesting that bullfrogs can be controlled them by letting ponds dry up in late summer, scooping bullfrog egg masses out of the water, trapping tadpoles or gigging adults. You have to be very careful that you don't harm the native frogs or salamanders or their eggs.

People can call the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife or the local county Soil and Water Conservation District. Here's some contact information for help with bullfrogs on their property.

Thanks for keeping an eye out for invasive species.

Lisa DeBruyckere
July 30, 2008, 9:36 p.m.