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Thursday, June 20, 2013

Treefrog in Bird House

hi, How do I discourage tree frogs from settling in my birdhouse?  Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Tree frogs are notorious for birdhouse squatting.
As their name implies, Gray Treefrogs spend much of their lives high off the ground, in the treetops. They are nocturnal amphibians that wake up to feed on moths, crickets and other assorted insects at night.

Tree frogs are 1 1/2 to 2 inches long, have large, sticky toe pads and can change color from gray, to green, or brown, so they can blend in with their environment.
After a hard night of hunting, the little frogs need to find a place to rest. When the sun rises some frogs hide among tree leaves, while others crawl  under bark or knotholes. If there aren’t any natural hideouts available, they can make use of hidey holes under siding, roofs, and even birdhouses.

Little is known about territoriality in frogs. I would just leave him alone and I’m sure he will move along. If you have frogs moving in several days in a row, open the clean out door in the house so it isn’t a dark and cozy place to sleep.

Related Article:
- The difference between Frog and Toad http://lansingwbu.blogspot.com/2009/06/frog-and-toad.html

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