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By CPgrower
Posts:  321
Joined:  Sun Nov 28, 2010 10:51 pm
#139204
Hey, everyone! Reporting in with a few topics today. Here is the first on making a toad pond!

As I will report in a bit, I went to a plant show near D.C. this past Friday. The ONLY reason I went is because the Carnivorous Plant Nursery (Maryland) had a booth!!!! It is certainly rare that you get to see these plants for yourself from the vendor and have the pleasure of picking out the stock yourself!!

One of the curiosities was a jar with tadpoles. Wondering why he (the owner, Mike. I got to meet him, and he helped me pick out some plants) would be selling tadpoles, I took a closer look. Bladderworts! He had jars of Green frogs and American toads with U. vulgaris. I only have U. gibba, so I snatched up a jar of toad tadpoles (Bufo americanus)! In order to make them happy and keep them around, I decided to make a mini pond today!

Here are the picks. Enjoy!

Jar!
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Tadpole chillin' with some bladderworts!
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Both the carnivorous (above) and vegetative (stringy stuff below) states of the plants.
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Supplies
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Cleaned out the pollen
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Island for the frogs to bury in for hibernation. I hope it's deep enough!
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Almost done
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Look at those bladders!
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Little terra cotta pot hut added
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'Pole
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Can you find the same 'pole in this picture. :)
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This is supposed to be a connection piece for a big pond, so it has a side that drains if it gets filled enough. I put a pot tray under so that it can overflow and water my plant (passion flower plant) at the same time. LOL. :)

Let me know what you all think! I really hope at least some of the toads stick around.
By SEB
Posts:  201
Joined:  Mon Aug 22, 2011 9:19 pm
#139211
That's really neat! I like it.

Some Sarracenia would look great on that island too.
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