Frogs are fun-loving amphibians and catching them is much more fun.
Catching a frog is an easy taskYou can try a lot of tricks to catch a frog but make sure not to hurt them.
The reasons for catching a frog are many. You can keep frogs as your pet or you can also observe them for scientific studies. Hence, it is up to you. Now, let’s explore how to catch a frog.
How to Catch a Frog Using a Trap?
You can build a trap for catching frogs. Follow the below steps for adventure.
1. Look for a Suitable Area
Firstly, you have to choose an area near a pond or lake. Don’t go for any random area; choose the one where frogs are usually spotted.
Frogs live on land but after short intervals, they dive into the water or shady region.
2. Prepare Two Buckets to Catch the Frog
Yes, we need to prepare the buckets to catch the frog. When we try to catch the frog, we don’t want the bucket full of water.
- Hence, we need to make 3-4 holes at the bottom of the bucket. This will help to drain all the water out of it. And only the frog will be there.
- For this, you will require a hammer and nails. Place the nail on the bucket and give it 2-3 hits with the hammer. Make sure that you don’t crack the bottom. If there is a crack, the smaller frogs might move out.
In this way, puncture 3-4 holes at the bottom. And follow the same method on the other bucket.
3. Cut the Slots in Both Buckets for Easy Sliding
Now, we have to cut a slot such that the plywood board can easily slide through them. This implies both buckets.
- The dimensions of the slots are 4 ft. * 8 ft. and plywood is almost ½ inch thick to fit in the bucket.
- You can use any sharp tools for cutting such as clippers or scissors. Make sure that the slot is wide enough so that the board can slide easily.
4. Dig the Hole to Fit the Bucket in the Ground
Now, we have to dig a hole in the ground at our selected location slightly away from water. Therefore, dig such that we can place the entire bucket in it and its rim should not get out of the ground level.
5. Fill Up the Gaps
Here we have to use dirt to fill the area around the bucket. Make sure that there should be no gaps and space between the ground and bucket.
Watch this video on how to shake the bucket to secure it firmly into the hole.
6. Prepare a Trench 4 Inches Deep According to Your Plywood Board
This trench must begin with the slot of the bucket. Make the trench slightly shorter than the board length of approximately 4 inches. Even out the walls of the trench.
7. Dig the Second Hole for Another Bucket at the End of the Trench
Now, we have to dig again like the first hole. Measure the dimensions of the bucket and then start digging.
- Make sure that the hole is big enough to hold a bucket. And the rim of the bucket must be at the ground level. It should not poke out.
- Also, make sure that the slots are facing to the other bucket.
8. It’s Time to Slide the Plywood Board
After the completion of the setup, it’s time to slide the board into the trench and the bucket slots and if the trench is bigger than you can fill it out with dirt.
9. Leave this Trap for 12 Hours and Wait for the Frogs
As we all know that frogs hop along and when they are trapped in the buckets they won’t be able to hop the board. They will be safely trapped inside one of the buckets.
- Don’t ever let the trap for too long otherwise, the frogs that are trapped can die of hunger, dehydration, or and predators.
- So, 12 hours is such a long period but the frogs won’t die. You can keep a watch by hiding at the nearby place.
- And this is how you catch the frog by placing a trap.
How to Catch a Frog Using a Net?
This is quite a common method when it comes to catching the frog.
1. Select a Perfect Net with a Handle
This is the initial step and firstly, you have to look for a net with a handle. It should be deep approximately 18 inches.
- In addition, go for a long handle for around 3 feet to easily go deep into the water to catch them.
- Make sure the net is tightly woven or it should be small such that the frogs cannot escape from the net.
2. Frogs Come Out at Night So Wait Till Dark
You have to wait until it goes dark. Frogs appear at night and you have to wait till the frogs appear. Don’t wait too long in the sun otherwise, frogs might see you and won’t come near you even at night. Therefore, wait for a suitable time when it’s dark.
3. Use a Flashlight to See the Frogs
Frogs love to be in the water, so the best place to look for frogs in the streams, riverbanks, and the ponds. You can use the flashlight to locate the bright white eyes. Above all, beware of snakes in these areas.
4. Hold the Flashlight on the Frog and Stay Still
As you see a frog, keep the flashlight still on the frog’s eyes so that he can’t see you. However, make sure that the frog is unable to see but he can hear you. So, don’t make any noise, be as much silent as you can.
5. Catch the Frog Using Net
Now, place the net at the frog and wait for two minutes until the frog settles down a bit. Hold the net with pressure such that the frog cannot escape. Make sure that you place the net right on the top. Don’t squish the frog by the edge of the net. This can severely hurt the frog.
6. Place the Frog in a Lidded Container
Now, after the frog is calm and quiet, lift the net from the ground, hold the frog with your hand and keep it in a container with a lid. This will prevent the frog from jumping out.
And the frog is with you. Now, you can keep it at home.
How to Catch a Frog Using You Hands?
This can be done using simple steps.
- Locate the water body. Search for the frogs at night.
- When you locate a frog, just move slowly and step behind it without making any noise.
- Cup your hands around the frog. Quickly cover the frog and catch it.
- You need to be a little quicker but don’t squish it. This can harm the frog.
How do You Tempt a Frog from Hiding?
We can attract the frog in several ways.
1. Providing Frogs the Essentials for Living
- Give them a pond or something in which they can play around with water.
- Provide them a damp and shady shelter.
- Plant around the pond to attract insects.
2. Build a Pond for Frogs
- Select a good spot.
- Dig a shallow hole.
- Cement it out.
- Use stones and pebbles to secure the boundary of the pond.
- Fill the pond with water.
- Add some natural pond water.
- One side of the pond must be heavily vegetated to provide a cover to the frogs.
- Wait for the frogs to explore your garden.
3. Eliminate Risks for Frogs
- Avoid the use of chemicals.
- Identify the species of frogs. Let the local ones enter your garden and kick out any of the invasive species. These can even eat out our local frogs to compete for shelter.
- However, keep your grass short such that you can find out any other species hiding.
- If you are providing shelter to frogs make sure you avoid plants that are toxic for the frogs.
- You must go silent while catching the frogs otherwise you will not be able to catch them and they will disappear.
- You can provide natural habitat so that the frogs will find it out naturally.