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    Posted: 17 Sep 2003 at 9:49am
This morning I found three adult frogs dead on the lawn (in different areas) near to our larger pond. They appear to have been killed by a blow to the head with a single puncture wound visible on two of them. There has been no attempt to eat the frogs. There have been similar attacks throughout the summer but involving single as opposed to multiple victims. Earlier in the year I have seen our blackbirds attacking this years juvenile frogs. Can anyone shed any light on this and suggest the likely culprit and anything we can to do to prevent a recurrence of this behaviour?
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It is likely that a domestic cat is causing the deaths. Though could be a fox or dog. I have seen similar fatalities characterised by puncture wounds at a pond frequented by a large number of dog walkers.

There are devices that use high pitch sound inaudible to humans for keeping domestic pets away from gardens, these have proven effective at protecting amphibians.

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Those things give me headaches, i can just slightly hear them!

Im not sure on other ways to protect them, maybe if you provide more cover for the frogs.

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Hiya airlines,

I reside in a terraced area of town, lots of cats, dogs, amphibians.  My initial thoughts on your fatalities would be those blackbirds.  They do take froglets.

Several people have brought injured frogs to my door, most of wich are the result of cats.  Can you post again, more info on the physical size of said frogs and any other visible injury?

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Oh no! I never knew pussy cats played with frogs! I've seen plenty of cats around when the frogs and toads are migrating but I ain't never seen one attack one. I hope I don't ever too.
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Every night I do a 'toad patrol' around the garden to see what's moving. Our cat always comes along with me, and its gotten to the ridiculous point where the cat will come in to get me if she sees a frog in the garden !

She's never harmed an amphibian (but then she is the most useless feline hunter on the planet!). She's only interested in some of the smaller frogs, which she sometimes taps lightly to see them jump.

I'm under no illusions and realise that other cats would readily attack amphibians.


"Wooster" - I use this picture a lot when talking about the domestic cat as a predator. She was actually meowing with excitement because she'd seen I was in the garden and was running over to greet me
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If that were my pussy I wouldn't be able to resist trimming the sticky-out fur on top of her ears.
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Originally posted by armata armata wrote:

Baby sue you are hilarious, love you lots
Hey thatĂs your second declaration of your love towards me! Yay! YouĂve got a nice head.


Originally posted by armata armata wrote:

Has anyone thought about magpies re those dead frogs??

IĂve seen a magpie take interest in a road-kill toad - but it didnĂt peck at it, it picked it up in itĂs beak and flew away with it.

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