Frog farming is a fun way to attract amphibians to your garden

Green tree frogs (Hyla cinerea) are often found climbing through windows or getting into door frames.

Frogs are fascinating animals and, like bats, they are beneficial neighbors.

Before I talk about attracting frogs to your garden, I want to dispel a myth about the difference between frogs and toads that is probably keeping you up at night.

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You can think of frogs and toads as rectangles and squares, or as I related to a friend of mine recently, cakes and croissants. All croissants are cakes, but not all cakes are croissants. All toads are frogs but not all frogs are toads.

Frogs, or anurans if you want to be a scientist, are one of the three orders of amphibians. Anuro means tailless (never mind that frog larvae, also known as tadpoles, have tails… not everything has to make sense!). The other two orders of the class Amphibia are distinguished by having tails, the salamanders (order Caudata) and the caecilians (order Gymnophiona).

Eastern spadefoots (Scaphiopus holbrooki) are common visitors to suburban yards and gardens.

If you’ve never heard of caecilians, that’s fine, they’re a tropical species and we don’t have them in North America. Inner order Anura, you have many families. There are Bufonidae (the toads), Hylidae (the tree frogs), Ranidae (the true frogs), etc. So toads are just one of many families of frogs.

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Now that we’ve got taxonomy out of the way, let’s talk frog farming!